Ideal Ice Level

Styrofoam cupOn the side of a familiarly-branded foam cup, this small icon was spotted (sorry for the blurry picture).

It appears to be an indicator of how much ice to fill the cup with. Can you figure out any other meaning behind this icon?

If it is an “ideal ice level” indicator, I wonder how the cup maker decided what was the ideal amount.

Is it based on an average assumed beverage consumption rate?

Is it trying to ensure that an average consumer will imbibe the majority of their drink at some ideal temperature which provides maximum enjoyment?

A chemist’s fresh lime soda

I have become a big fan of fresh lime soda over the last four months.

Before India, the closest thing I’ve have to this drink was probably Sprite.

Fresh lime soda is a simple combination of fresh-squeezed lime juice and soda water. You can choose to add sugar, salt, or both to the drink as per your taste.

Personally, I prefer to order my fresh lime soda “sweet and salt”, and trust the masters in the kitchen to add just the right amount of sugar and salt so that the drink ends up tasting very close to a margarita (minus the tequila).

One hotel in Chennai had an interesting twist in how they serve the beverage.

All of the ingredients were provided separately and I was given the task of finding the right combination. (Note: The clear liquid in the top bowl is sugar syrup.)

A great presentation. A needless dirtying of excess dishes. A challenge to find the right ratios to mix.

My hat is off to all the fabulous mixers who have perfected the art of fresh lime soda, sweet and salt.