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peach and mint lassi

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Nik Sharma

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Lassis are probably one of my favorite drinks, and in India, we’d drink fresh lassis every hot summer day in tall glasses filled with the chilled sweet liquid. With my fresh ripe peaches, a sweet and cool lassi that would serve to cool and refresh was definitely in order! Lassis should be thin, not heavy, so avoid using Greek yogurt and either non-fat or plain unsweetened yogurt, and then adjust the consistency with water. Go light on the sugar; ripe peaches can be very sweet.

This recipe was first published on July 14, 2014, and has been updated.

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Peach and Mint Lassi

Ripe yellow peaches are the star of this lassi. Fresh mint completes this drink. Enjoy this lassi on a hot summer day with plenty of ice and stay cool.

  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups/360 g unsweetened plain yogurt

1 large/about 240 g ripe peach or nectarine, peeled and diced, plus a few pieces to garnish

3/4 cup/180 ml water, chilled (you can add more or less depending on how thin you like the consistency)

4 to 5 fresh mint leaves, plus  a few sprigs to garnish

sugar or sweetener of choice, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the yogurt, peaches, water, and mint leaves in a blender. Pulse until smooth and completely combined. Taste and add sugar or sweetener if desired.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses with or without crushed ice and garnish with extra peach fruit pieces and a sprig of fresh mint.

Notes

  • I’m leaving the sweetener option up to you. If the fruit is very sweet, you might not need to add any or just a little.  I like my lassis lightly sweetened.
  • Nectarines are a good substitute for peaches but feel free to experiment with other seasonal stone fruit. The color of the drink will change depending on the fruit used.
  • If you’re feeling lazy as I do sometimes. Skip peeling the fruit, dice and add it to the blender, and pulse until smooth. You can strain the liquid to get rid of any skin bits.

15 Responses

  1. Refreshing and delicious! A fabulous summer drink.

    I love that picture of the peaches. Nice presentation.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I have never heard of a Lassi (except when I've been called that in Ireland, lol)! This looks & sounds delicious!!

  3. Thank goodness that you didn't add milk to your lassi – & turn it into a smoothie.You know what I mean.lol
    I also thin lassi with water just like how it NEEDS to be done.
    That can turned into a prop looks amazing DIY 🙂

  4. Lassis have to be one of my top 5 favorite drinks. They are such a treat for me. I love the term for the peach you used—balls of sunshine. Too perfect. This drink is too perfect. I have fresh mint waiting in the garden for this drink.

  5. You must be reading my mind!!! I just bought a bunch of fresh peaches at the farmer's market! And while watching the world cup final at a horribly sweaty bar this weekend, I was so craving a lassi from my favorite spot in Houston (but didn't get one). Now I can finally fulfill my cravings!!! Lovely photos as usual!

  6. These look beautiful and refreshing, Nik! I'm glad to know what type of yogurt to use in lassis now – thanks!

  7. Ok, this is happening tomorrow for breakfast 🙂 I got a nice bag of peaches and apricots from a farmer and I'd be crazy not to take advantage of it!

  8. Mint + peach; absolutely brilliant, Nik! Thanks for the yoghurt tip – the amount of choices available is almost overwhelming. (Hope you remembered those eggs!) 😀

  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made this for July 4th weekend. Perfect summer drink. I sweetened mine with some honey and added done crushed ice. Came out delicious

  10. Cannot wait to try peach lassi. Perfect drink for the hot summer… Thank you!

    Also just FYI: there’s a type in The Cook’s Note – second bullet. You mentioned “Nectarines are a good substitute for nectarines…”. I am guessing you meant to say “Nectarines are a good substitute for peaches…”

  11. didn’t have any mint, but had nectarines and it was so refreshing…used agave to sweeten…

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