Holi 2023: Chef Suresh Maharana Makes 3 Festive Mojitos
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Chef Suresh Maharana, Chef at Bites' n Grill, Chembur Mumbai, with his almost a decade of experience in this field, has been exposed to a wide gamut of flavours. His speciality is making continental dishes, and he likes to dream of food when not cooking. For the upcoming Holi or the Festival of Colours, Chef Maharana has curated a special mocktail menu. According to him, these beverages orchestrate his childhood memories. "With minimal, easy-to-source ingredients, you can make these Mojito recipes with little to no experience in the kitchen. Make sure to make a double batch of these mojitos in advance so you spend less time prepping, especially after enjoying your Holi party," the Chef advises. 

Kiwi Mojito

This classic Kiwi Mojito may sound offbeat, but we promise this one is delicious! If you're looking for a sweet, zingy mojito recipe, this Kiwi mojito mocktail is for you. The colour not only looks appealing, but it also enhances the tropical and fruity flavour of the drink. Sipping a kiwi mojito is like taking a sip of summer, with the sweet and tangy taste of kiwi balanced perfectly by the refreshing mint and lime.

Refreshing kiwi mojito, Image Source: Bites' n Grill

No of portion - 1                                                                              

Prep time – 5 minutes                                                                    


  • Kiwi Syrup – 60 ml
  • Mint Leaves- 10 leaves
  • Lemon – 1 Unit
  • Crushed Ices - 8 Cubes
  • Soda- 200 ml


  • Take a Tall glass and add the Kiwi syrup.
  • Add freshly squeezed lemon into the glass.
  • Crush mint leaves and add them to the syrup.
  • Add crushed ice and then add Soda.
  • Mix well, add a slice of lemon on top, and it's ready to serve.

Make this Holi refreshing and yummy! Treat your guests to this refreshing drink that keeps you hydrated and asking for more.

Naughty Watermelon Mojito

If the post-Holi celebration heat makes you think of watermelon, then this Naughty Watermelon Mojito is just for you. This super refreshing and naturally sweet drink can be prepared in under 5 -10 minutes. Not only is this drink vibrant pink and a showstopper, but it is also hydrating and perfect for a post-celebration with family and friends.

Naughty Watermelon Mojito, Image Source: Bites' n Grill

No of portion - 1


  • Watermelon Syrup – 60 ml
  • Mint Leaves- 10 leaves
  • Lemon – 1 Unit
  • Crushed Ices: 8 Cubes
  • Soda: 200 ml


  • Squeeze the lemon into a glass.
  • Pound some mint leaves in the glass.
  • Add the watermelon syrup.
  •  Add crushed ice and pour Soda to the top.
  • Stir well, add a slice of lemon on top

And it is ready to serve. Cheers!

With the summer slowly slipping in, this Holi, try making Naughty Watermelon, a mocktail that has a simple recipe and refreshing at the same time. You can use fresh watermelon slices instead of the syrup too. 

 Kala Khatta Mojito

Kala khatta, which means "black sour" in Hindi, is a popular Indian flavour made from a mix of spices, herbs, and fruits such as tamarind and black salt. Most of the 80s and 90s kids will remember this taste as they grew up on it. This drink will bring alive all your childhood memories. Kala Khatta mojito is a refreshing twist to the mojito that will surprise and delight your taste buds. This is the easiest recipe you will find. There's nothing like a homemade Kala khatta Mojito recipe. This recipe can be made with low sugar, so it's the perfect mocktail for kids and those mindful of their sugar intake.

Kala khatta Mojito, Image Source: Bites' n Grill

No of portion - 1

Prep time – 5 minutes


  • Kala khatta syrup – 60 ml
  • Mint leaves- 10 leaves
  • Lemon – 1 unit
  • Crushed ice - 8 cubes
  • Soda- 200 ml
  • Rock salt- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chat masala- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder- /2 teaspoon


  • Take a tall glass and lightly muddle the mint in the bottom until aromatic.
  • Cut lemons and squeeze them into the glass.
  •  Add syrup, rock salt, chat masala, and cumin seeds ½ spoon.
  • Add 10 leaves of mint and crush them in the glass.
  • Add crushed ice, top with a splash of club soda, and mix well.
  • Garnish with lime slices and serve.

 This drink will bring alive all your childhood memories. Enjoy it alone or with your loved ones.