Nimbu Pani is an Indian lemonade made with lemon, cumin, and salt. This refreshing summer drink can easily be made into a cocktail by adding gin or vodka the your glass.
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent the mixture from crystallizing. Stir and let cook just until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
Combine lime or lemon juice and water. Stir in simple syrup to taste.
Run a lime or lemon wedge around rim of a glass, rim with salt and pour nimbu pani over ice cubes in glass. Serve cold and garnish with fresh mint, lemon verbena, or basil leaves, if desired.