There is nothing more refreshing than a Jal-Jeera drink 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.
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 Vodka (Indian Vodka Mojito) CocktailPrint Recipe
Pour club soda into a high-ball glass
Add the Jal Jeera powder mix and stir till dissolved
Add the lime juice and tamarind chutney
Add the vodka and the ice and stir well
Garnish with a twig of mint leaves