The scorching summer heat dehydrates your body and makes your skin appear dull and darker. In the dehydration process, the water-soluble vitamins and minerals are lost from the body and thus leads to weakness, vomiting, headache, constipation and muscle cramps. You feel lethargic, exhausted and also your skin looks dull all day. Drinking water is just not enough, your body needs to be replenished with fluids that are rich in essential nutrients to keep your body energized, hydrated, stomach cool, skin moist and healthy.
So we’ve combined some seasonal and delicious ingredients to make some smashing summer drinks that are extremely easy to prepare and stunning on the palate.
Cucumber Mint Juice
Cucumber juice is one of the quickest way to cool down your body. It is a low-calorie, water-rich fruit perfect for the summer. It replenishes lost fluid and detoxifies your body. It is a nutritious treat to your body. It contains vitamin A and C that promotes healthy skin.
1/2 medium-sized Cucumber (peeled)
1 Tbsp of finely chopped Mint Leaves
A cup of Cold Water
Salt to taste
Place the cucumber slices into the blender. Add cold water, mint leaves and blend until smooth. Pour the juice into a glass. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt. Stir well with a spoon and serve chilled. This is one of the best juice to keep your stomach cool in summer.
Watermelon is the best summertime fruit. It keeps your body cool, hydrated and healthy. This red juicy fruit is low in calorie, high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and lycopene. Because it is so high in water, it prevents dehydration caused by excessive heat exposure.
2 Cups of Watermelon Chunks
Powder Sugar or Honey to taste
1/4 th cup of Cold Water
3 Ice Cubes
Place the watermelon and sugar into the blender. Add cold water and blend until smooth. Filter the juice to remove the seeds and then pour into a big glass. Add ice cubes and serve.
Mint is a great refreshing ingredient for summer and a good cleanser for the blood. The menthol in mint triggers the sensitive receptors in the skin when eaten and produce a cooling sensation in the skin. It recharges the body and helps counter the negative effects of heat. The high concentration of vitamin A and C in mint combats wrinkles and keeps the body healthy and skin glowing.
1/4 th cup of Mint also known as Pudina
1/4 th cup of Coriander (Dhania)
1 Large cup of Cold Water
Black Salt to taste
Wash mint and coriander leaves thoroughly. Place the leaves into the blender and blend using cold water. Filter and pour into a glass. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and black salt. Stir well.
Iced Green Tea
Nothing beats the heat better than a tall glass of iced tea.
15 bags of organic green tea
1 gallon of water
1/2c whole fresh mint leaves
juice of 2 lemons
sweetener of your choice, to taste
Combine the tea bags, water, and mint in a clean, gallon-sized container and set it out in the sun for 3-4 hours, depending on how dark you like your tea.
Remove the tea bags and add the lemon juice and sweeten, if you like. Chill and serve over ice.
Coconut water is loaded with health benefits. It’s rich in electrolytes and potassium, which makes it perfect for replenishing your body after exposure to the summer heat.
Unlike its richer cousin coconut milk, coconut water is low in fat and calories. You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!
Zafrani sherbet is a perfect drink for those who are bored of drinking those regular summer coolers. This drink will tantalize your taste buds with its smooth texture and refreshing taste.
6 cups milk
10-12 strands saffron
4 tablespoon sugar, cardamom powder
4 scoops kesar ice-cream
Soak some kesar (saffron) in 1 cup of milk and keep aside. Boil the milk in a vessel. Take another vessel and boil 5 cups of milk, and add 4 tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of cardamom powder and saffron. Simmer the milk for another five to six minutes till it is creamy. Now, add almonds and pistachios and stir it well. Refrigerate. Pour out the sherbet in glasses and add one scoop of kesar ice-cream in each glass and serve.
A lovely rose red in colour, the fragrant Gulab sherbet tastes just as good as it looks. Infused with fresh rose petal extract, this cooling draught is sweet and summery with a mild floral aroma. The perfect way to cool your body and mind on a sultry afternoon.
2 cups rose petals (washed well and patted dry on a paper towel)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Juice of 2 lemons (strained)
1 cup pomegranate juice (optional)
Coarsely crush the rose petals in a mortar and pestle and then put into a deep glass bowl. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the paste and add cardamom powder. Mix well, cover and allow to steep overnight. In the morning, strain through a very fine sieve. Add the sugar and stir till dissolved – do not heat. When the sugar is dissolved, add in the lemon and pomegranate juices and mix well. The syrup is ready now and can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. To serve, pour some syrup into a tall glass, mix with chilled water to taste and add crushed ice.
Mango Mint Lassi
Everyone loves this hearty Punjabi summer cooler. As the luscious Mango Mint lassi cascades down your parched throat, you will be reminded that mango is indeed the true king of the fruit realm.
1 large mango – peeled, seeded, and diced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon freshly ground star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups plain yogurt
3 sprigs fresh mint for garnish
Blend the mango, brown sugar, chopped mint, star anise, cardamom, lime juice, and yogurt in a blender on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint sprigs to serve.
Which of these drinks are you going to relish this summer? Do you have favorites of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.
Author: Muskan Sachdeva, Team Glamrada