The scorching heat and high temperature will make you hate the summer season but, what if we can stay cool and fresh in the summers also?
Well, this is indeed possible with some refreshing summer drinks.
The rising temperatures are unbearable and could make you feel fatigued, sweaty, and messed up. It is very important to stay hydrated in summers and maintain your health. Water is an important liquid to hydrate yourself and quench the thirst. Mix some magical ingredients with water, the boss, and you have a potion ready to cheer you up!
Here are some homemade must try refreshing beverages for this summer-
1. Masala Soda Shikanji
Shikanji is delicious and the most popular Indian beverage that is consumed in summers. It is also known as Indian lemonade. Pairing this traditional Shikanji with soda and adding some extra flavour makes it more delightful.
How to make Masala Soda Shikanji
This masala soda Shikanji is very easy to make. All you need is some fresh lemon juice and soda. Mix it well with chilled water and spice it up with black salt, sugar, and roasted cumin powder. You can also add ginger to enhance the flavour of your masala soda Shikanji. Serve it chilled with ice cubes and some mint leaves on the top.
2. Aam Panna
Aam Panna or Kairi Panna is a popular Indian beverage that is prepared with raw mango pulp. It has tanginess of raw mangoes and is consumed in summers for its coolant properties. The tangy flavour and spicy taste of this cooling potion are popular across the Indian subcontinent it is the drink you should try this summer! And the best part is, Aam Panna recipe is very simple. Image Credit: @kutchichokri
How to make Aam Panna
To prepare Aam Panna, boil the raw mangoes until they become softer from the inside. Peel the mangoes once it cools down. Squeeze the pulp and blend with chilled water. Add the spices and garnish with some mint leaves, you can also add sugar if you want a sweet taste, now mix the whole drink.
Your sweet, tangy and spicy Aam Panna is ready, pour the drink in the glasses and add ice cubes for an extra chilling effect.
3. Curry Leave and Green Chilli Chaas
Chaas or buttermilk is a yoghurt based drink that is popular across North India. It is the best milk-based cooler drink among all the other drinks as it takes fewer efforts and also aids indigestion. Having chaas after a meal can improve your digestion and give you a coolant effect.
Plain chaas is served popularly but adding curry leaves and green chilli will not only spice up the flavour but also give a South Indian touch to your chaas. Image Credit: @rollypollyfoodie
How to make Chaas
Chaas recipe is not something that you will easily forget. To begin with, curry leaves and green chilli chaas you need to do is blend the curry leaves, green chilli, salt and black pepper in a mixer. Add yoghurt and mix it once more, add some water and mix again. And Voila! Your Chaas is ready to serve!
While serving add some roasted cumin powder and ice to comfort.
4. Bael Sharbat
Bael or Wood apple is a coolant fruit and is filled with nutrients. Homemade bael sharbat is very nutritious and doesn’t need much effort to prepare. This sweet and sour drink will surely keep your body cool and might also help in aiding your digestion. Image Credit: @damuru_creations
How to make Bael Sharbat
Bael sharbat is prepared with ripe wood apple which takes 11 months to ripen on the tree. Scoop out the pulp from the ripe fruit and separate the seed from it. Add water and separate fibre with the help of a sieve, repeat the process twice. Add sugar, black salt, lemon juice, cumin powder and mix them well.
Serve this refreshing cooler drink with some mint leave garnishing and ice.
5. Mango Lassi
Lassi is another yogurt-based drink that is popular in North India. Mango lassi is a combination of two summery things. Mango is a summer fruit and is loved by everyone but as it increases the body heat we cannot consume it without heating ourselves so we combined it with coolant. Pairing mango with yogurt gives it a cooling effect and a unique touch for the intensified taste buds. Image Credit: @beenaazad2001
How to make Mango Lassi
Mango Lassi can be easily prepared by blending mango pulp and yoghurt together. Add sugar to taste. Add some cardamom powder to intensify the flavour. You can enjoy your favourite fruit in a satisfying manner with lassi. This fruity drink will keep you cool and hydrated while satisfying your taste buds.
These summery drinks will surely refresh and replenish your body. Let’s beat the heat by trying these awesome beverages and no more hate the sweaty messy summers.