Savor the last bits of summer!

Summer was late coming to Seattle. But ever since it got here a few weeks ago, we’ve been hiking almost every weekend. With so many gorgeous vistas from hill tops and trails through patches of wildflower blooms, we’re spoilt for hiking choice here in Washington. And I am ever thankful to live in such a beautiful place.

Mount Rose

We went on a steep hike over the long weekend. By the time we made it back down, we were exhausted, dusty and sore. And thirsty! This buttermilk drink was the perfect antidote to the heat and quenched our thirst.

While South Indians consume buttermilk year round, it is more popular in summer. When you have no AC, a tall cup of buttermilk cooled in a clay pot brings welcome respite from the summer heat.

The term buttermilk is normally used for the liquid that is left over after butter has been churned out of the milk. The same term is used in South India to refer to yogurt thinned with water.

This savory buttermilk ‘cocktail’ may possibly be the easiest recipe ever!

Whipped, smooth yogurt

Savory buttermilk

Pretty wildflowers

Serves 4


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • juice of 1/2 – 1 lime
  • 1 thai green chili, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • lime wedges to garnish


  1. Using a spoon, smoothen the yogurt by stirring well.
  2. Make a quick garlic extract by putting pressed garlic in a bit of hot water and squeezing the juice out of the clove.
  3. Add the garlic ‘juice’ to the yogurt along with water and the remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix well and let stand for a few minutes for the flavors to mingle.
  5. Pour over ice cubes into tall glasses.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Tall glasses of cooling buttermilk



Filed under Cocktails, India, Recipe

3 responses to “Savor the last bits of summer!

  1. Cascade

    Sounds yummy. Those who can’t tolerate dairy could try substituting a non-dairy yogurt. Plain soy or rice yogurt would probably work better than coconut since coconut is already a little sweet.

  2. Cascade – Since the texture and flavor of non dairy yogurts are different, I’d recommend mixing the non dairy yogurt and water in a blender and maybe increasing the amount of lime slightly. Let us know how it tastes!

  3. Very simple recipe. The lime gives the milk a kind of zest or acidic taste which makes it look like yogurt. I will make this recipe for my kids on hot afternoons.

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