Nannari Sarbath | Sarsaparilla Lime Drink

A refreshing drink made with nannari syrup and lime juice…




With Ramadan being during the summer months whether it is back home or over here, cold drinks are an indispensible part of the Iftar table. At the same time, I am really excited to get back to the Blogging Marathon, which was on a break during the first two months of the year and due to my schedule, I wasn’t able to participate during the last couple of months. So last month, when I saw Valli’s post, I was still not sure if I would participate, till I saw the themes and I decided that I could! So for this month’s BM #122, the theme this week is “Kid’s Delight – Summer Coolers” and what more apt time to put up three cold drinks! So let’s start with this one…


The first time I had a nannari sarbath was at a distant cousin’s house. It was a totally different and new flavor for me. When I asked her, she showed me the bottle. However, since my girls scorned at them, I decided not to get it. Fast forward to our trip back home this year, and this was the most drunk cold drink by my girls. Anytime umma would make it, it would disappear. I was surprised – I told umma they never liked it. I had even mentioned it in my Paal Sarbath post, which is the other way to enjoy this syrup. Hehe… This drink is nothing but a spiked limeade. I love having mine with basil seeds, since it adds an additional layer of chillness. Enjoy it cold for the best flavors, and I won’t even say how refreshing this drink is on a sweltering hot day…




5 from 7 votes

Nannari Sarbath | Sarasparilla Lime Drink

Course Drinks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda AR


  • 1/3 cup nannari syrup storebought
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 500 ml cold water
  • 1 tbsp basil seeds soaked in water and plumped (optional)


  • In a blender, add half of the water, lime juice and sugar. Blend till sugar is melted.
  • Empty into a pitcher. Whisk in the nannari syrup and the basil seeds.
  • Serve immediately. Add ice cubes if available.



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  1. 5 stars
    We love this one Rafe. Definitely a good one for summer. We sometimes add soaked badam pisin for extra chillness. But the kids like it without basilseeds and badam pisin!!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow.. this is must for us during summer and we make lot of different varieties. Super coolant and refreshing sarbath and love the addition of basil seeds.

  3. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    5 stars
    I have been looking to try this during our trips back to India. I really have to give this a try and also see if I can bring some syrup back here. Looks so delicious and is definitely a much needed cooling during for the summer months.

  4. Archana says:

    5 stars
    I had Nannari sarbath in Pondicherry but I thought I will buy the bottle later and it is still later and I am yet to buy it. I love this yum syrup and traditional coolers are definitely better.

  5. I tried this Sherbet in Chennai, the flavour is really good. I love the way you have served it with basil seeds.

  6. I haven’t taste this sharbat so far but have heard a lot about this. I think I’ll have to buy it online as not available in at my place. Basil seeds have undoubtedly make it look good. So must be with the taste too.

  7. This is our favorite and our kids love it. This is a must for summer time and a great choice to post this.

  8. 5 stars
    My older brother loves nannari and it’s one of the first things he buys in summer! As for myself, I don’t dislike it, but it’s not exactly a favorite either. Love the clicks and sabja seeds are a definite flavor booster here!

  9. So refreshing. It is so tempting to me as I hadn’t had it in ages, Nannari lassi is another refreshing treat for me.

  10. 5 stars
    This is such a refreshing and perfect coolant for summer. Love the use of basil seeds which makes it more healthy. Beautiful presentation.

  11. Usha Rao says:

    5 stars
    I tasted it once at a friend’s place long ago in India. This drink made me nostalgic. I need to see if I can get hold of this syrup here for upcoming summer. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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