Tuesday, 7 May 2013

LEMON SQUASH (LEMONADE CONCENTRATE)


As I start to write this post, I feel being transported to my childhood when consumers were yet to be bombarded and lured by the soft drink companies. They were a long way from becoming a fad. People still indulged in a glass of Lemonade, Aam Panna, Jal Jeera, Bel Sherbet or Buttermilk to beat the heat. My mother was no different and believed in the goodness of these natural coolers to counter the blistering summer heat. Nimbu pani or lemonade was a favourite and regular in our house. Rasna, which was a craze then, was the only other drink that she would allow us to indulge in once in a while.

The bottle of lemon squash steadfastly accompanied me even after I left home to study for my MBA. It was one thing that was always at hand throughout the scorching summer in my hostel room. Mum would make it in large quantities and send it over through a friend or acquaintance travelling to the town of my univ. It was a healthy and a very convenient option...no squeezing of lemons and stirring of sugar in a pot. Just had to pour a little amount of squash in the glass, fill it with chilled water...satiated...totally. Ah! The good old days when mum was around for everything... The never ending stock of lemon squash ensured that I would survive the 48 degrees parching heat of north India, with a bit of ease  well hydrated. This and our ‘hired on monthly basis’ noisy dessert cooler were the life line for me and my room-mate.



Come summer and the price of lemons soars to absurdly high amount. No amount of haggling or reasoning with the vendor works. He coolly rationalises by saying that summer is the time to make the kill!! Fair enough; he understands the economics- the demand supply stuff. I give the devil his due...as if I have a choice. 

However, this year around I turned smart and made squash during the ‘off-season’. I bought the lemons in bulk and my regular vendor surely got suspicious of my motives. “Madam achaar banaoge kya?” (Madam, are you going to make pickle) He perhaps was not imagining that I could be making squash. I didn’t answer him, till I had paid him for lemons and just as I was leaving, I told him that it was for nimbu sherbet (lemon squash/lemonade). I can’t forget the stumped look on the poor guy’s face. I can only imagine his thoughts...“here goes my kill”.

You will need,

1 litre water
1 kg 250 grams Lemons (to yield approx.1 litre juice)
2.5 kg sugar
½ tsp potassium meta bi-sulphite (preservative)
A few drops of yellow colour


In a deep pan, boil the sugar and water together until sugar has dissolved. 
Give it one boil and switch off the heat. 
Cool and strain the syrup.
Mix in the lemon juice, potassium meta bi-sulphite and lemon colour. 
Fill the squash in clean sterilised bottles leaving a little head space. 
Keep refrigerated.

To serve: 
Add a little amount (2-3 tbsp) of squash in a glass. Fill with water and top with ice. Serve chilled!


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  2. Lovely clicks and a refreshing chiller

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  3. I am so totally loving your bottle of lemonade with the delicate hint if yellow......so refreshing

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  4. Nice and informative post i think it's useful in this summer..very nice click..

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  5. I love the idea of making this ahead of time! I can imagine the vendor´s face, it happens here too, the going for the kill, especially in december with so much food being bought for the holidays. Great drink to beat the heat!

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  6. Lovely photos! And a refreshing recipe for summer.

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  7. What a lovely and refreshing drink. I am so glad you are back to blogging... I have missed your recipes. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Ramona...I too missed blogging and visiting my blogger friends :)

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  8. OK I was sure there was a squash vegetable involved and I was confused. That looks like a wonderful 'lemonande' and that was a funny story with your vendor.

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  9. This could be a staple in the summer. Such beautiful photos! Have a wonderful rest of the week. Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog. :)

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  10. this looks so wonderfully refreshing - beautiful photos!

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  11. Awesome visuals and the squash in so good. I can imagine plunging in now because the heat over here is unbearable. We used to have something "similar" but made with lime. Those days lemons were never heard of over here but these days you can practically find it almost anyway for a price we can afford.

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  12. Yummy.. I love squash.. Will try this soon dear :-)

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  13. Looks beautiful! So inviting and fresh!

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  14. Wow, this looks absolutely wonderful. Refreshing drink & tempting clicks!
    BTW, how much water you used for the squash?

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    1. Thanks Ambreen for bringing the error to my notice. Have updated the post :-)

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    2. Absoultly stunning clicks . Love this
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  15. What lovely clicks, wish I could take picture like that, so cooling to the eyes, just like the lemon squash..

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  16. Hey there,
    Thanks for lovely comment on my blog.
    Whats a gorgeous space u have here...went thru quite a few of your posts...beautiful! Will be back more often :-)

    Luv,
    Manju

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    1. Thanks Manju. Welcome to my blog :)

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  17. What a beautiful post!! the lemonade sounds refreshing and gorgeous!
    Mary x

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  18. Your lemon squash is just stunning! And what a refreshing cooler it must make!

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  19. Gorgeous photos and what a refreshing drink. A little goes a long way! : )

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  20. So pretty! I am thirsty now by looking at your refreshing photos. Pinned!

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  21. Lovely clicks and drink! This is one divinely lemony and refreshing beverage.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. Nothing refreshes like an ice cold citrus drink. Growing up in the Philippines, I thought I knew what hot meant. I don't think I can survive 48 degrees. The photos are so beautiful!

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  23. that's enticing and so simple to prepare...looks delicious!

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  24. fantastic recipe ...just love d cliks
    Tasty Appetite

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  25. Hey dear, it's good to have u back! You went MIA for quite a long, didn't u? I was off blogging too, but only for the entire mth in April. Really surprised to see your posts again. Nice shots & awesome sharing! Looking fwd to sharing again :)

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    1. Hi Shirley! Thank you so much. I completed my MBA in 1998. Seems like yesterday but it definitely is long back ;-)

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    2. Congrats, dear! U'll be seeing more of me :)

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  26. Welcome back to blogging with a beautiful and refreshing recipe. Love the colors!

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  27. This definitely looks like a refreshing drink of lemonade =)

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  28. Thank you so much everyone for your lovely words and support. They mean a lot especially after I am back after being away for a year.

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  29. Lovely pics! New to ur space & loving it!

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  30. wow a thirst quench....superb

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  31. The first picture has just taken my heart away !! Wonderful, amazing picture !!! and refreshing recipe :)

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  32. Slupping delicius lemon syrup...
    ithink this will be great with soda water too.....
    the photograph is awesome too!

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  33. Hi, where can I get potassium meta bisulphate ? Is this readily available ? I have had similar thoughts this year and a picked a couple of kilos of lemons, but wasn't sure the squash would stay for long !

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    1. Hi Tanu, thanks for your visit. Potassium meta bisulphate is readily available. You can check with your local chemist for it. I bought mine from a chemist at Khan Market at Delhi.
      I hope that helps.

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