17 Healthy Drinks to Cool You Down This Summer!
Mar 01, 2017
With temperatures rising this summer, all of us need to make sure that we up our water intake and stay well-hydrated. And, when we say well-hydrated, we don’t mean hydrating with aerated drinks or store-bought drinks that are full of preservatives and sugar. Instead, you can incorporate fruits, vegetables and other easily available natural ingredients into your diet and whip up fresh and energizing drinks. Most important of all, you need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water that is clean and purified. Get a Smart RO purifier to make sure that you’re getting essential minerals in too.
We’ve shortlisted a few healthy drinks that taste fabulous and are really easy to make.
- Iced Tea
Beat the heat with a tall glass of iced tea. It’s not only delicious, but super easy to make at home. You’ll need 1 cup of strong black tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar dissolved in water (sugar syrup), 1 table spoon of lemon juice and 10-12 whole mint leaves.
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, pour the lemon juice, sugar syrup and black tea over the ice cubes. Let it cool for a while and your glass of ice tea is ready! You can add a sprig of mint to the glass, to make the drink look appealing.
- Fruit Infused Water
Planning to up your intake of water but lacking flavours to make it taste great? Don’t worry, you can add a bit of zing to your water by infusing it with yummy fruits. Fill a large jar with pure drinking water and add a mixture of cut fruits such as lemon, strawberries and raspberries. You can also add a sprig of mint leaves for a more refreshing taste.
- Mango Smoothie
There is nothing more refreshing then a delicious mango smoothie on a hot summer day. You’ll need a ripe mango and 1/3 cup (85 g) of chilled yogurt and 200 ml of skimmed milk. Blitz it in a food processor until it is smooth and frothy. You can sweeten it with honey and sprinkle some cardamom seeds on top for flavour. Serve immediately.
- Peachy Punch
This fruity mocktail is not just great for the summer but is also a great party drink. Take 4 ripe peaches and slice it up. Puree it in the food processor until it is reduced to pulp. Transfer the pulp to a pitcher, add 2 cups of water, juice of 1 lime, 4 cups of ginger ale and honey to sweeten. Your peachy punch is ready!
- Vegetable Juice
Everyone has been raving about the benefits of vegetable juice in recent times. It’s an easy way of consuming vegetables without cooking them. The next time you’re thirsty, juice a few vegetables and drink it up. Some vegetables that make great juices are tomatoes, carrots and beetroots. Throw in a fruit like an apple or pear to sweeten it naturally.
- Chamomile Mint Tea
Chamomile tea is an amazing antioxidant, and combined with mint makes a great summer drink. Mix a cup of chamomile flowers in a gallon of water along with fresh mint sprigs. Add some ice cubes and you have a refreshing and cool drink.
- Coconut water
Coconut water is absolutely delicious and is low in calories. It is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, iron, calcium and vitamin C. Try to have fresh coconut water since the store-bought ones contain a lot of added sugar.
This yogurt based drink is a staple in Indian households and it is very beneficial because yogurt is a body coolant. It is made by churning yogurt (1 cup) and water(1.5 cups) with spices and herbs. You can churn it in a food processor or in a traditional Indian churner. The butter might come to the surface while churning, you can remove it and serve just the buttermilk. You can add roasted cumin powder and black salt for added flavour.
- Vanilla Cucumber Limeade
Any drink with cucumber and lime has to be refreshing! For the vanilla cucumber limeade, you’ll need a tablespoon of vanilla, a sliced cucumber and 2 cups of water. You can either use pre-made limeade or use the juices of 5 limes. Mix all the ingredients and serve over ice.
- Jaljeera or Cumin Water
Jaljeera is a spicy, tangy drink that is popular in North India. It is considered an ideal drink for hot Indian summers because of its cooling properties. You will need 1 tablespoon of seedless tamarind, 3/4th cup mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, ½ teaspoon of whole black pepper, 1 teaspoon of amchur powder, 1 tablespoon of boondi and black salt or rock salt for taste.
Blend all the ingredients except the boondi and chat masala in ¾ cup of water. Then strain through a strainer and add 3 to 4 cups of chilled water to this mixture. Chill it in the refrigerator, and add chaat masala and boondi while serving.
Lassi is another yogurt based drink that is very popular in Indian households. It is not only healthy but super easy to make. You’ll need 2 cups of chilled yogurt, 1.5 cups of water, 10 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder and 5 to 8 ice cubes. Whisk the curd till it becomes smooth and creamy. Then add the sugar and water. Keep churning the lassi till the sugar dissolves. Garnish the lassi with the cardamom powder and serve along with ice cubes if required.
- Raspberry-Orange Smoothie
This smoothie is not only loaded with flavour but is also great for your health. Orange is a source of vitamin C, and raspberry is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Blend 1 cup of orange juice and 1 cup of raspberries along with ½ cup of plain yogurt. Ice cubes and sugar can be added as per taste.
- 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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