Nimbu Pani (Lime Juice with Seltzer, Black Pepper, and Sugar)

Indian Limeade
In northern India, where the thermostat can hit well into the 100s on a summer day, a whole host of drinks are sold on the streets and in cafés to beat the heat. Many of these include copious spice, which induces the perspiration that cools you down; this bubbly limeade gets a spicy kick from a pinch of coarsely ground black pepper. With its lip-smacking tang, it's the perfect refresher to combat the summer heat. See the recipe for Nimbu Pani (Lime Juice with Seltzer, Black Pepper, and Sugar) »Ingalls Photography

In northern India, where the thermostat can hit well into the 100s on a summer day, a whole host of drinks are sold on the streets and in cafés to beat the heat. Many of these include copious spice, which induces the perspiration that cools you down; this bubbly limeade gets a spicy kick from a pinch of coarsely ground black pepper. With its lip-smacking tang, it's the perfect refresher to combat the summer heat. This recipe first appeared as part of the digital edition of our August/September 2014 special India issue.

Nimbu Pani (Lime Juice with Seltzer, Black Pepper, and Sugar)
This bubbly limeade from the north of India gets a spicy kick from a pinch of coarsely ground black pepper.
Yield: serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 12 cup fresh lime juice
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 liter seltzer, chilled
  • 12 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk lime juice and sugar in a pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Stir in seltzer, pepper, and salt; serve in ice-filled glasses.