Nimbu Pani

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. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword lemonade, nimbu pani
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Nimbu Pani

  • simple syrup , to taste
  • 1 cup lemon or lime juice , freshly squeezed
  • 4 cups cold water
  • cumin seeds , toasted and crushed (optional)
  • sea salt flakes , for rimming glass (optional)


  • Fresh mint , optional
  • Fresh lemon verbena , optional
  • Fresh basil , optional


Make Simple Syrup

  1. 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.

Make Nimbu Pani

  1. Combine lime or lemon juice and water. Stir in simple syrup to taste. 

  2. 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.

Recipe Notes