Lime and Pepper Refresher

Nimbu Pani


This rehydrating drink is served all over India. Zesty and clean-tasting, it really hit the spot while I was on my travels researching this book. I am convinced the pepper protected me from stomach bugs.


  • limes 4–5
  • sugar 1–2 tbsp
  • salt a pinch
  • freshly ground black pepper (preferably Tellicherry) to taste
  • ice cubes
  • chilled water or soda water 300 ml/Β½ pint


Squeeze the limes extracting as much juice as possible – you need about 200ml/7fl oz. Strain into a jug.

Mix in the sugar, salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper – about 5 turns of the mill. Add ice cubes, then top up with chilled water, either still or sparkling. Taste and add more sugar, salt or pepper, if necessary.