With the temperature continuously rising there definitely needs to be some hack that will give relief to the parching throats this summer. Here are the top 15 summer drinks that will help you beat the heat and make your summer awesome.
1. Cucumber Lemonade
The classic lemonade is everyone’s favorite. When combined with the water rich vegetable, its nutrient value rises. Cucumber comprises of 96% water. It thus, keeps the body cool and acts as a great summer drink.
How to Make: Grate cucumber and take its juice out with the help of a cheese cloth. Make lemonade with lemon juice, sugar syrup, salt and water. Mix the cucumber juice with lemonade and put a few mint leaves in them.
2. Watermelon Slush
Watermelon is one among the various summer fruits that can help keep the body cool and hydrated. The fruit is not only rich in its color but also water content, vitamins and minerals and citrulline, an amino acid.
How to Make: Keep the frozen watermelon chunks at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. Blend the watermelon chunks in the juice maker or blender with mint leaves, lemon juice and maple syrup (optional). Keep it thick, so you enjoy the slush along with the chunks of watermelon in every sip.
3. Virgin Mojito
The much-loved Virgin Mojito is very easy to make at home. The sweetness of sugar syrup, citrus and freshness of lemon complements the soda water just beautifully. It is a very famous summer drink.
How to Make: Take some soda water, add sugar or sugar syrup, lime juice, crush mint leaves in a mortar pestle and add it in the soda water. You can optionally add half soda water and half of any clear soft drink (Sprite, 7up, etc). Shake well to infuse the flavors in the water.
4. Aam Panna
This traditional Indian drink is known for its heat resistance properties. It is made of raw mangoes, sugar syrup and mint leaves. Raw mango protects the body from intense heat and dehydration. It is not only good for the stomach but also for the heart.
How to Make: Boil the raw mangoes with water till it turns mushy. Take out the pulp and let it cool for a while. Then blend the pulp with sugar or sugar syrup, mint leaves and ice. Add roasted cumin powder and rock salt for extra flavors and enjoy chilled.
5. Buttermilk (Chaas)
This fermented dairy drink also commonly referred to as Chaas in India is made of the liquid left after butter is churned out of the cream. Loaded with electrolytes just one glass of buttermilk can save you from the intense summer heat.
How to Make: Blend curd, mint leaves, coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, and lemon juice by adding a little bit of water until it turns frothy. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.
6. Pineapple Lemonade
It is always healthy to consume fresh seasonal fruits. Pineapple is one such summer fruit rich is manganese and vitamin C. Hence converting the fruit into a summer drink makes it even more interesting.
How to Make: Cut pineapple into pieces and blend it into a juice. In a pan combine ½ cup of water and ½ cup of honey to make honey syrup. Strain the blended pineapple juice in a glass. Add the honey syrup, ice, mint leaves and cold water to it. Serve chilled.
7. Virgin Sangria
Sangria is mainly an alcoholic drink. However, it can also be made without adding alcohol and still be tasty. The fresh and fruity summer drink is so refreshing that it will keep you hydrated throughout the day.
How to Make: Cut fresh fruits like apples, oranges, pineapple, limes, mangoes and layer them up in a glass or tumbler. Add grape juice, lime juice, orange juice and apple juice and give it a mix. Refrigerate for a few hours. Before serving add little carbonated sparkling water.
As the name suggests it is a drink made with the combined goodness of orange juice and lemonade.
How to Make: In 6 cups of water add 1 ½ cup of orange juice, 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar syrup. Combine all the ingredients, add ice and serve chilled. It will serve 8.
9. Triple Fruit Smoothie
This triple fruit smoothie is made of three fruits namely kiwis, bananas and berries. This is just another very delightful and wonderful smoothie.
How to Make: Blend one sliced kiwi, one peeled and chopped banana, some blueberries or strawberries with orange juice, and one container of flavored yogurt with ice cubes. Your nutrient-rich smoothie is ready.
10. Mint Tea Punch
The freshness of mint when combined with that of tea gives you a punch of freshness in the scorching heat.
How to Make: Put tea bag and mint in a large pitcher of boiling water. Let the water absorb the flavors. Discard the mint leaves and tea bags and strain the water. Add sugar syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, cold water and ice cubes. Stir and serve.
11. Sunshine Juice
The bright color of this juice gives you a vibrant start to the day and is nutrient rich.
How to Make: Blend and juice two peeled and deseeded oranges, one chopped banana, a few strawberries and two-three mint leaves with ice. The juice is ready and easy to make.
12. Virgin Pina Colada
The coconut and pineapple combination of the drink will make you feel that you’re sitting by the bay and enjoying the drink.
How to Make: Blend pineapple chunks, ice cubes, pineapple juice, coconut milk and brown sugar (optional) until smooth. Serve chilled.
13. Coffee Cooler
This low-calorie milkshake can remind you of the good old cold coffee. It can be modified to make several varieties of flavors.
How to Make: Blend 2 cups of strong brewed coffee, 2 cups of skim milk, 1 chopped banana, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 packet of hot cocoa mix ad ice cubes, until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
14. Mango Rush
Everybody around the world awaits the very delicious juicy fruit in the summer months. This drink infuses the flavors of mango just perfectly.
How to Make: Blend 3 cups of diced mango, ¼ cup of peeled oranges, 1 ½ cup of peaches(optional), ice cubes, ½ cup of orange juice and serve chilled.
15. Kokum Juice (Kokum Sharbat)
This coolant drink is very popular in western and southern India. It is lovely to sip on this drink in the summery weather. Kokum is a dark purplish fruit and has anti-inflammatory and body heat reducing properties.
How to Make: Soak the dry kokum in 4 cups of water for 1-2 hours. Mash nicely and strain the juice. Take out the leftover fruit and heat it in a pan, add sugar, cumin powder, rock salt and salt and cook until the sugar melts. Add the Kokum water in the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool. Strain the mixture and store in a glass bottle in refrigerator. To make the sharbat, pour 3 tbsp of kokum concentrate and top up with chilled water or soda water, add ice and serve chilled.
So, here is your detailed guide to chill this summer with some interesting recipes to try out.