The sweet, sour and acerbic flavours of the beautiful purple fruit Jamun or black plum or Java plum is something that makes it irresistible. Irresistible also because it brings back beautiful memories from childhood. How we would pickup the Jamuns strewn on the sidewalks after falling off the branches that outgrew the periphery of our neighbor’s garden. Once we had gathered a handful of the fruit, we'd first wash them at our garden tap then pull out a small pack of spicy salt hidden in our pockets, sprinkle it over the fruit and enjoy our fruit hiding away in some corner of our home. Yeah, hiding for fear of the rants of one our granny as she feared we would catch cold after eating them and, second the old scrooge neighbour who preferred having his fruit go bad than letting little innocent (;p) children devour over them.
Back at ground zero, I was taken aback when the fruit vendor quoted a price of Rs.200 a packet, which I am sure was not be more than ½ a kg. Well, it took me quite a while for the fact to sink in that we to payed such a ridiculous amount for something that came absolutely free only a while ago.
Well anyway i soon forgot about my pockets being ripped off , for I was instantly in love with ‘passionate purple’ colored fruit in my hand . After opening the packet i was completely over the shock, they were a good quality Jamuns, nice fleshy, juicy and just a thin stone at the end. More than half were eaten away in no time with a sprinkle of back salt but a batch went into becoming a refreshing summer drink, a beautiful mocktail that I could put into my restaurant menu as “Passionate Purple Punch”; only if I had one, ha ha.
Its too simple and I can’t think of any great tip here. Just mix ingredients in the right balance to make a perfect glass of that drink.
Ps:- This Jamun Syrup mixed with some Vodka or Gin or Cognac should give a good Cocktail I think.
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