Sweet Salty Blueberry Lemonade (Masala Soda): refreshing sparkling lemonade recipe that’s a mix of fresh blueberries, soda, mint and masala (Indian spice mix). It’s a perfect family drink to beat the summer and also makes a great party or picnic drink too.This ‘Sweet Salty Blueberry Lemonade (Masala Soda)’ recipe is everything you want in a summer drink. Easy to make, refreshing and liked by everyone or you can say it’s always in demand especially when friends visit. It takes less than 5 minutes to make them and what can be better than a homemade refreshing drink that’s a perfect mix of sweet, salty and a hint of tartness. Growing up in India, we had a fresh produce market in every community, so we’re so used to of eating organic, wholesome meals every day that I always used to wonder if I’ll have this option when I move away. But thankfully, that’s actually the first thing I saw when I moved to California as we used to have this farmers market right across our place. It was always filled with fresh fruits from near by farms and they are my Favorite! So this weekend, we visited that old farmer’s market (which is quite far away from our present home) and relived some of those memories and also came home with 5 pounds of berries 😉So as soon as we stepped into home, I made these ‘Sweet Salty Blueberry Lemonade (Masala Soda)’ as we were literally feeling toasted being almost 3hrs in the open market and the temperature was rising even beyond 95f (phew). And as I did mention above, the recipe is so easy to make, just need some fresh blueberries, soda, and masala (mix of Indian spices+herbs). Just place everything in a blender and pulse till everything is smooth and mixed. Now you can serve it in two ways:
First Serving Suggestion:
Directly pour the blueberry+masala mix in a glass and pour chilled soda on it. Now, this method is with all the pulp. (first picture)
So go as per your choice when serving this drink, however, the taste remains unchanged – it’s still as delicious no matter how you serve.
Also, on another note and many of my friends growing up in India would remember a drink called ‘Kala Khatta’ or Jamun Banta’ which was basically a mix of sweet-salty fruit syrup (made using a seasonal summer fruit – Jamun ….blue-pink in color & oval in shape) and served in a clear glass bottle with a marble on top. It was such a craze as this was one of the initial local drinks introduced in India and everyone-anyone wanted one. You just need to push the marble inside the bottle so that it elevated that fizz + fruity flavor. I still cannot forget the drink and many times during my India visit, try to find it but it’s hardly available in the market. So, this ‘Sweet Salty Blueberry Lemonade (Masala Soda)’ is the closest you’ll get to making it at home without the real jamuns but the same taste and color. So, whenever we have friends who also miss that ‘jamun banta’ just like we do, this drink is always made.
So, go ahead and make this drink soon and enjoy with your loved ones.