Jal Jeera Mojito Recipe | Indian Spiced Mojito Cocktail

December 14, 2017 (Updated: April 18, 2019) By Aneesha |

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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.

In Hindi, Jal means water and Jeera means cumin. You can think of this beverage as a Mojito spiced with cumin and other spices.

I buy a store-bought spice blend, called Jal Jeera Masala, for this drink.  Mix a teaspoon of the masala spice in club soda, add white rum or vodka, garnish with mint leaves, and serve your vodka cocktail on ice.    I add a hint of sweet tamarind chutney to give it a nice sweet and spicy kick.

Jaljeera Mojito served with ice and mint leaves

What is a Classic Mojito Cocktail?

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 is quite a refreshing drink, and is perfect for summer parties and barbecues.

Indian Mojito with Jal Jeera Spice Mix

Jal-Jeera is a spicy drink with lots of cumin and many other spices in it. It is very similar to the spice-mix used for “Pani Puri”, a popular chaat item, yet different.

Jal-jeera powder generally consists of roasted cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, dried mango powder, and cayenne. I 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).

Where do you Find Jal Jeera Mix

I use a Jal Jeera Masala Mix to make this cocktail. I get it at my local Indian store, or from Amazon.

Great Make-Ahead Drink for Parties

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 mojito.

How to Make Jal Jeera Mocktail (no Alcohol)

You can enjoy this drink even without the alcohol. Simply skip the vodka and mix everything as per instructions. This makes for a great drink during Diwali and Holi parties.

Indian spiced Mojito Cocktail served on ice in a tall glass

Mojito Recipe with Vodka vs Rum

You can substitute vodka in this easy mojito recipe with white rum or white tequila to make a rum mojito or a tequila mojito.  Rum and tequila have a sharper taste than vodka that gives an enjoyable contrast to the spiciness of Jal Jeera water and the sweetness of the tamarind chutney.

Low-Carb Mojito Cocktail

Regular mojito’s have 2 teaspoons of sugar in them.  So, not exactly great for folks on low carb diets.

This Jal-Jeera Vodka Mojito is a very low-carb cocktail with about 1 gram of carbs, because the only carbohydrates are in the sweet tamarind chutney, which you use just a 1/4 teaspoon off.    The cocktail gets all its flavor from the Indian spice mix and the touch of tamarind chutney.

You can skip the tamarind chutney completely if you want zero carbs for a keto Mojito recipe.

Some of my other favorite cocktails

If you like my recipe for Jal Jeera Mojito, you might also enjoy these cocktails:

Low Carb, No-Guilt Gin and Tonic Cocktail

A tall glass of chilled gin tonic placed next to an ice bucket
Low Carb Gin Tonic

And for something warm for a cold evening or for sipping on the patio:

Easy Mulled Wine or Gluhwein in Instant Pot

Mulled wine, or gluhwein, served in a glass cup, garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Mulled Wine

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Jal-Jeera Vodka (Indian Vodka Mojito) Cocktail

Jal Jeera Mojito | Indian Spiced Mojito Cocktail

In this recipe, I pair the minty and spicy Indian beverage, Jal Jeera, with a classic mojito.  There is nothing more refreshing than a Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito) on a hot summer day. Refreshing, chilled, minty and spicy! Yum!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Spice Cravings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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

Notes

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Cocktails
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