Chia-Berries drink

Give me a cool glass of Chia-berries mix any day of the year and I will gladly take 40 plus centigrade – like we have had in the past few days in Montreal! This is truly the ultimate summer drink – refreshing, nutritious, savory, pretty even and easy to make.

Ingredients (4-5 serving)

  • 2 cups of water, brought to boil
  • 3 tbsp. chia seed
  • 2 raspberries or mix berries tea bags steeped in 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of one or any combination of strawberries-raspberries-blueberries boiled in ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup or the sweetener of your choice
  • 1 lemon and few mint leaves for garnish and extra flavour
  • 2 cups Ice cubes


First off, you need to gel the chia seeds in order to fully benefit from its nutritional and flavorful value. So, place chia seeds in a pitcher container and mix it with boiled water. Stir well and let it cool. In an hour or so the seeds soak up the water, increase in volume and gel, so to speak.

Next, steep your tea bags for half an hour then let cool. Add to the gelled chia.

In a small pot mix whatever berries you have happened to purchase with ¼ cup of water and simmer for half an hour. Mash them in a fined meshed colander and extract the juice – 1/4 cup of juice will do.

Add the extracted juice and maple syrup to the pitcher and stir.

To serve: place ice cubes at the bottom of each glass. Pour chia mix drink in and garnish with mint and cut lemons. Stir well before drinking.  Enjoy!

Hibiscus-Rum Cocktail

Here is a heat-beating, thirst-clenching cocktail inspired by Serious Eat’s recipe, with my own modifications.

I have replaced “simple syrup” with maple syrup and increased the rum portion, as well as “Persianizing” the brewing process; as a result my cocktail has a deeper flavor and thicker body and is still a bit tart and sour-sweet with amazingly refreshing effects! Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh lime drink (sharbat)

In Iran, a hugely popular summer drink is “sharbat” often made from extracts of aromatic flowers and herbs (called aragh) or fruit juice. Sharbat is usually slightly sweetened, sometimes diluted with water, and always mixed with ice cubes. In a hot summer day when you visit a friend or family the first thing they would do is hand you a refreshing nice glass of sharbat – one type of or another.

Fresh lime juice sharbat is among the most popular in Iran, because unlike flower extracts, lime is easily found throughout the country. It is popular also because lime has an amazing quality to quench your thirst in addition to having so many health benefits. Here is how you prepare it (quite similar to lemonade except you use lime instead of lemon):

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