Sip, Splash, and Savor: Celebrate Holi with Delicious Drinks


Sip, Splash, and Savor: Celebrate Holi with Delicious Drinks
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As we eagerly anticipate the exuberant celebration of Holi, the festival of vibrancy and colors, now is the perfect opportunity to prepare for a feast that delights the senses and enlivens the palate. In the midst of vibrant splashes and happy mingling, consider enhancing your Holi experience with an offering of exquisite beverages. Whether you’re welcoming guests or seeking to infuse your festivities with a hint of culinary excitement, allow us to present to you a guide to crafting two time-honored Holi refreshments – Mango Lassi and Thandai.

Mango Lassi – The Essence of Exuberance

Mango Lassi - The Essence of Exuberance
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Embodying the essence of Holi, no fruit captures the festival’s exuberance better than mangoes, the celebrated monarchs of fruit. Our Mango Lassi recipe, a smooth fusion of succulent mangoes, creamy yogurt, and just the right touch of sweetness, is a homage to Holi’s ebullient spirit. Behold the simple steps to create this blissful beverage.


1 cup ripe mango chunks (fresh or frozen)

1 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup milk

2-3 tablespoons honey or sugar (adjust to taste)

A pinch of ground cardamom (optional)

Ice cubes (optional)

Chopped pistachios or almonds for garnish (optional)


In a blender, combine the ripe mango chunks, plain yogurt, milk, honey or sugar, and ground cardamom (if using).

Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add more yogurt.

Taste the lassi and adjust the sweetness according to your preference by adding more honey or sugar if needed.

If desired, add a few ice cubes to the blender and blend again until well combined and frothy.

Pour the mango lassi into glasses, garnish with chopped pistachios or almonds, and serve chilled. Enjoy the tropical goodness with every sip!

Thandai – An Ode to Aromatic Splendor

Thandai - An Ode to Aromatic Splendor
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The storied Thandai stands as an integral facet of Holi’s gastronomic tradition. It’s a harmonious concoction steeped in fragrant spices and enriching nuts, yielding a drink that both stimulates and satisfies thirst. This spirited libation is an explosion of flavors bound to enhance your holiday merrymaking. Let us explore how to craft this spiced nectar.


1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup pistachios

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon melon seeds (optional)

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

1 tablespoon cardamom pods

1 tablespoon rose petals (dried or fresh)

4 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)

Saffron strands (for garnish, optional)


In a dry skillet, lightly toast the almonds, cashews, pistachios, poppy seeds, melon seeds (if using), fennel seeds, black peppercorns, and cardamom pods over medium heat until fragrant. Allow them to cool completely.

Once cooled, transfer the toasted nuts and spices to a blender or food processor along with the rose petals.

Grind the mixture into a fine powder. You may need to grind the ingredients in batches to ensure an even consistency.

In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the ground nut and spice mixture. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to infuse.

Add sugar to the thandai mixture and stir until dissolved. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.

Remove the thandai from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, strain the thandai mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any coarse particles.

Chill the thandai in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or until ready to serve.

Before serving, garnish the thandai with saffron strands if desired. Stir well and pour into glasses. Serve chilled and savor the aromatic flavors of this festive delight!


Armed with Mango Lassi and Thandai, your Holi festivities are primed for unparalleled success! These enticing libations offer more than just solace from the high-spirited frolic – they enchant your palate with their sophisticated and worldly tastes. So call together your dearest ones, lift your glasses high, and salute the spectrum of Holi with these sumptuous sips. Wishing you a jubilant Holi filled with merry laughter and unforgettable tastes!

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