Indian Summer

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

This drink comes from the sultry plains of New Delhi. Gin was originally used, but preferences have lately changed to milder-tasting vodka. This recipe serves 2 but is easy to multiply. For testing, we used Laxmi Natural Tamarind Concentrate, available in ethnic markets.

Yield: 2 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 202
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 36.4g
  • Fiber: 7.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Calcium: 68mg


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 2/3 cup crushed ice
  • 2 orange slices, cut into quarters
  • 2 pineapple slices, cut into quarters


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. Divide vodka mixture, ice, orange quarters, and pineapple quarters between 2 glasses. Serve immediately.
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