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November 19, 2007

Rose and Mint Cordial

We're in the middle of a heat wave in Melbourne (who doesn't seem to be these days?) so to fight the fire I'm constantly looking for ways to cool my body, from the inside out.

Milk is very cooling, but I think I may have already overdone it today. Coconut, cucumber and watermelon are great too. But what I actually want is a drink, so I have combined mint and rose, both very pita friendly into a punch.

Cool Cordial for a hot day

1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup maple syrup
1-2 tspns rose water


Wash and chop mint leaves well. Mix all ingredients and infuse in the fridge for four hours. When ready to serve mix with water to taste, about 1 part cordial to 6 parts water works for me.

Very Vata and Pita friendly, but use honey for Kapha.

NB Don't serve it too cold . Cold things make your digestive fire work harder and you will actually heat up and disturb pita in the long term.


Ronnie said...

Wow... Just found your site googling mint cordials. The one that my mother and I first fell in love with Rose and mint cordial was in a vegetarian restaurant 20 years ago. I just love it that the picture heading your page is a place I can say I've been too! The amazing pushkar in Rajastan. Such a colourful and magical town know one could forget. I hope you have continued getting into Ayurveda....

Julia said...
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Julia said...

Hi Ronnie!

Glad you found my blog. It's actually no longer active. My new blog is based over at

and has a focus on new mums. Feel free to pop in.

Yes, Pushkar is a pretty special place. I spent a month or so there, it was a very hard spot to leave!

Hope you love the cordial.