Here’s a fun treat to serve at your next party: Paan Shots! With the distinctive taste of peppermint, gulkand, and paan paired with vanilla ice cream, they make for a delightful after-dinner digestif. These paan shots are non-alcoholic and will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Paan, or betel leaf, is eaten all across India. Betel leaf is used as an after-dinner mouth freshener. It is also used by people who like to consume tobacco. It is a flavorful packet of chew. People put a bunch of tobacco in their paan, and let it hang out in their lip.
My grandma used to make me a kid-friendly version of paan to chew when she was preparing her own. For that reason, I always think of paan as a childhood sweet. I realy enjoy these paan shots for that sense of nostalgia, and childhood playfulness than any adult would relate to.
Paan Shots With Alcohol
These paan shots can easily be made alcoholic by adding a shot of bourbon (2 oz) to the mixture. That would make it a type of Indian ice cream shot with alcohol. If you are really adventurous, you could also add some paan cordial.
- 3 paan leaves
- 1 Tbsp fennel
- 3 Tbsp dried coconut
- ½ tsp cardamom
- 2 Tbsp gulkand
- 1 tsp rose water
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- Roughly tear up or chop paan leaves and add to a blender.
- Add remaining ingredients to blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a meshed strainer for a nice, smooth texture. Pour into shot glasses and serve.