Summer is almost here, and the soaring temperatures and humidity for coastal cities are added bonus. This is the season of mangoes, cold drinks, and ice creams. It is also quite the time for dehydration and other heat-related issues as your body loses water at a faster pace due to sweating. Water is the eternal primary drink. However, you can also try out other beverages to make your summer more fun and bearable. When you’re tired at the end of the day, just prepare any of these drinks in a jiffy, or you can store drinks like coconut water in the fridge. Your summer blues are sure to fly away. You can also serve these drinks for all your summer evening parties. So here are some refreshing drinks to beat the heat this summer. Get an insulated tumbler or an insulated water bottle and you are all set for sipping a refreshing drink this summer!
1. Buttermilk (Chaas)
This tangy, salty drink made from plain curd is an excellent way of soothing your stomach and refreshing your body. Also, you can add some coriander leaves and cumin powder to bring some twist to the drink. It is good for digestion and is also tasty. So, go ahead and make this drink for your hot sunny afternoon. You can also prepare it in more quantity and carry it along with you in a thermos or flask.
2. Sugarcane Juice
Sugarcane has numerous benefits to offer, making it an excellent choice for the summer season. It is also considered a natural remedy for many problems and also works like an energy drink. It helps build body fluids and plasma to deal with fatigue and dehydration. Adding ginger and mint leaves will enhance the drink and also your taste buds.
The classic drink of all times, lemonade is the first drink to pop into your head when anyone mentions summer drinks. It is tangy, sweet, salty, and all things nice. It is also called nimbu paani in India, and the name itself brings back so many nostalgic memories with itself. It is prepared by adding lemon juice, sugar, salt, and mint leaves to the water. You can also bring new additions like cumin powder, black pepper, etc., to make it tastier.
4. Aam Panna
A delightful drink for the summers, this Maharashtrian drink is prepared with the king of fruits, mango. It is prepared by adding cumin, black salt, sugar, mint leaves with the mango pulp. It refreshes you and also energizes you for the rest of the day.
Another favorite drink from childhood, this drink is just what you need when you come home after a really tiring day. You can even serve this drink to the kids after they return from school. The cumin seeds are roasted, made into a coarse powder, and added to the water. It is excellent for people suffering from digestion problems. Add some black salt and ice, and you’re good to go!
6. Watermelon Juice
If there’s that one perfect fruit for summer, it is watermelon! It comes with various benefits, and one of them is its water content. You can easily make its juice for a refreshing summer drink. You’ll instantly feel hydrated as it leaves a sweet taste behind. Pour a glass of chilled watermelon juice to an insulated tumbler and enjoy the refreshing drink this summer.
What better way to enjoy summers than a glass of freshly prepared lassi? This Punjab’s favorite is tasty as well as rejuvenating. It is made with yogurt, and you can easily make different variations with it by adding mint, mango, banana, etc. Pour lassi to an insulated tumbler and you have a beverage that you can enjoy in summer.
8. Coconut Water
One cold glass of coconut water can do wonders! Its fresh taste and subtle sweetness are just what you need on a scorching summer morning. It also works as an electrolyte, saving you from dehydration. So, keep sipping on coconut water when you are on the go.
9. Barley Water
This drink is one of the oldest remedies for good health. To make this drink, mix barley with water. Allow it to boil and cool down. Add salt, lemon, and a dash of honey, and carry it to work for sipping it through the day.
10. Mango Smoothie
Why not make good use of the most awaited fruit of summer? Make this drink for brunches or breakfast and see the delight in everyone’s eyes! Peel the mangoes and add them to the blender along with milk and sugar. To make it into a thick shake, you can also add some mango ice cream and blend well. Serve chilled.
Global warming is rising, and so are health issues like heat strokes. It is crucial to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. While it might be tempting to drink carbonated or fizzy drinks in summers, they do more harm than good. Instead, opting for healthy summer drinks is the way to go. When it comes to food and beverages, India has so many varieties to offer that you need to look no further. You can also store these drinks in stainless steel tumblers to get the most out of them.