There is nothing more refreshing than a Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito) on a hot summer day. Jal-jeera is an Indian spiced beverage, which is an extremely popular summer drink in Northern India. I buy a store-bought spice blend, called Jal Jeera Masala, for this drink. Mix a teaspoon in club soda, add rum or vodka, garnish with mint leaves and serve it on ice. I add a hint of tamarind chutney to give it a nice sweet and spicy kick. In Hindi, Jal means water and Jeera means cumin. You can think of this beverage as a Mojito spiced with cumin and other spices.
What’s a Mojito?
Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. A classic Mojito consists of white rum, sugar or sugar syrup, lime juice, sparkling water or club soda, and mint. The mint leaves and lime are muddled in the glass with sugar, to release their juices and oils. Next, Rum goes in, and the glass is topped off with club soda. Due to it’s low alcohol content, and the lime and mint, it’s quite a refreshing drink, perfect for summer parties.
Jal-Jeera is a spicy drink with lots of cumin and many other spices in it. Its very similar to the spice-mix used for “Pani Puri”, a popular chaat item, yet different. Jaljira powder generally consists of roasted cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, dried mango powder, and cayenne.
I use a Jal Jeera Masala Mix to make this cocktail, but add a few more ingredients to get the taste just right. And as with any drink I make, I cut the calories and the carbs (carbohydrates).
This refreshing drink is also a great party cocktail that you can make ahead by the jar full (one jar is never enough). I mix half the soda with the vodka, jal jeera powder mix, lemon juice, and Tamarind Chutney. I put the pre-mix into the refrigerator and then add the rest of the soda to the jar when it is time to serve. Just add ice into individual glasses and the jal-jeera vodka concoction.
You can substitute white rum or white tequila for vodka. Rum and tequila have a sharper taste than vodka that some might enjoy as a contrast to the Jal Jeera water.
Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito)Print Recipe
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a high-ball glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release their oils.
Add the Jal Jeera powder mix, and pour club soda into a the glass. Stir till dissolved.
Add the lime juice and tamarind chutney
Add the vodka or white rum, add ice and stir well
Garnish with a twig of mint leaves