Thank God we live in Bangalore!! This is a frequent thought that crosses my mind when summer starts setting in. Over the years, I have grown accustomed to the luxury of the pleasant weather of this city. And to think, I was born and also lived a good part of my life in the hot climate of North Karnataka!! I prefer winter anytime even if it means piles of blankets to be laundered, folded and put away every morning. But looking at the brighter side of summer, I feel less guilty about waking up the kids for school. My dosa batter gets fermented quickly ; curd sets easily - I don't have to buy fat laden curd. I am sure a lot of Bangaloreans would rejoice summer just for the last 2 reasons.
With the temperature soaring, just the thought of something cool to drink is so comforting, even if it is the elixir of life, water. Think cool drinks, and this Orange Soda is invariably on my list. So delicious, yet so simple and easy to make. Stock up on Fanta and Vanilla ice-cream and you can make this in a flash. You are sure to enjoy this and so will your guests.
As I said, this is so simple a thing to make, I can hardly call this a 'recipe'. Anyways this is what we will need.
One 600 ml bottle Fanta (Like this brand best when it comes to orange flavored aerated drinks)
3 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
Keep the Fanta chilled in the chiller for at least 3 hours.(1 hour in the freezer, but you may find it difficult to get out any frozen part of it) If using two bottles, you could open one bottle(at the cost of losing the fizz) and pour it into an ice-tray, wrap with cling film and keep it in the freezer. You can use these cubes while you blend the soda and your drink will remain undiluted by regular ice-cubes.
Keep your glasses ready in the tray. Smash the ice cream and put it in the largest mixie jar. This helps the ice cream blend well. Pour the Fanta (and Fanta cubes if using) into the jar. Blitz on low speed for about 2 minutes till smooth and creamy and the ice cream gets well blended into the aerated drink.
Pour into the waiting glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!! Makes about 3 tall glasses.
Please note: If you are making this for a large crowd, its better to use a hand blender and make this in a large vessel. Too much of aerated drink in the mixie jar may cause it to spill over cos of the gas.
Variations: This is also made with plain soda, squash of choice and ice cream.
This recipe is also my entry to Madhuri's 'Serve me Some Juices, Shakes, Smoothies' event.