17 Healthy Drinks to Cool You Down This Summer

Minty Lemonade

This refreshing drink is an old favourite and is easy to make. You’ll need 6 cups of water, 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 lemon, ½ cup of fresh mint leaves and 2 cups of simple syrup. Combine all these ingredients and you have a cooling and delicious summer drink!

Watermelon Spritzer

This juicy fruit tastes amazing and is rich in nutrients—vitamin A, B6 and C, antioxidants and lycopene. For the watermelon spritzer, take a huge seedless water melon, cut it and hollow it out and use it as a punch bowl. Blend or muddle the water melon, then add seltzer and a cup of pineapple juice. You can serve it over ice.

Carrot-Apple Smoothie

This a super easy smoothie that you can whip up in minutes. All you need to do is blend 1 cup each of apple juice and carrot juice with 11/2 cups of ice. Your carrot-apple smoothie is ready!

Kokum sherbet

This peppy Indian drink is popular in the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa. There are plenty of kokum sherbet mixes readily available in the market, but nothing can beat the aroma and pulpy texture of fresh kokum.

To make it at home, you’ll need ½ cup of semi-dried kokum, 5 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds and ½ teaspoon of black salt. Mix the semi-dried kokum and ½ cup of water in a bowl and keep aside for 30 minutes. Strain the water and set it aside. Blend the soaked kokum in a mixer using half the kokum water, until the kokum gets a coarse texture.

Then, you can combine the remaining kokum water and sugar in a small non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and let it cool down completely. Once it has cooled, add the coarse kokum mixture and mix well. Add cumin seed powder and black salt for added flavour. While serving, add 2 tablespoons of this syrup into a glass along with 3/4th cup of chilled water. Serve immediately.

Aam panna

This is a heavenly drink made from raw mangoes. It has a very distinct sweet and sour flavour. You’ll need 3 medium sized raw mangoes, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon roasted cumin powder, black salt to taste, salt to taste, 2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of mint leaves, and crushed ice.

Place the mangoes along with water in a sauce-pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove it from the fire. Once it cools down, you can peel the mangoes and remove the pulp with the help of a spoon. Grind the mango pulp along with water till you get a smooth consistency. In a pan take the pulpy mixture, add sugar and let it cook on the flame till the sugar dissolves.

Stir continuously, so that the mixture doesn’t burn. Remove from the fire and add roasted cumin powder, black salt and salt for added flavour. Let the aam panna mixture cool down completely. To make the drink, take a tall glass, add 1-2 tablespoons of the mango mixture and add chilled water. Your aam panna drink is ready. Serve with crushed ice and mint leaves.

 

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