It’s bonkers hot in Delhi and there’s a dire need for chilled & refreshing drinks. And while air-conditioned coffee shops are quite a hit, luring parched folks with their chilled frappes and iced teas, it’s the horde of roadside refreshment stalls offering everything from fresh fruit juices and fresh coconut water to ice golas that remain an eternal favourite. These perfect pick-me-up options are not only economical and easily accessible but are also a perfect way energizers on the go. So here’s a list of the best and the unique roadside summer drinks in Delhi – take a look!
Shikanji at Pandit Ved Prakash Nimbu Pani Wale
Delhi’s favourite summer drink and a pretty common sight during the summers – the sasta sundar tikau shikanji! There’s no way you are getting through to that liquid unless you push some marbles. The sweet and tangy taste is gonna make your taste buds lose their marbles. it’ll rejuvenate you in a jiffy!
Where: Shop No. 5466, Opposite Town Hall, Katra Rathi, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Cost: Rs 15 Onwards
Badam Milk at Quality Dairy, Aurobindo Place
Serving chilled and yum-mazing Badam Milk since ages, Quality Dairy And Meal Bhandar is a modest haunt located in Aurobindo Market. The Badam Milk here is made of fresh full cream milk, sweetened to perfection and garnished with a generous amount of almond shavings. The chopped badams lurk in every single sip, making you chew and slurp it with delight!
Where: 8, Aurobindo Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, near Block C 2, Bhim Nagri, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Cost: INR 50
Amritsari Lassi at Amritsari Lassi Wala, Chandni Chowk
A tall glass of this rich and frothy slushie at Amritsari Lassi Wala is so filling that you can easily skip a meal. And the thick creamy layer floating on top can make you go… Oooohhh! Among its many offerings are Banana Lassi, Mango Lassi, Namkeen Jeera, Malai Lassi and lots more. Be it a fruity flavour or a desi one, any of these will render you satisfied and refreshed!
Where: 295, Chowk Fatehpuri, Chandani Chowk, Delhi
Cost: INR 40 onwards
Mohabbat Ka Sharbat, Chandni Chowk
All drenched, and desperately looking for that one summer quencher to infuse some life back into you? The lanes of Old Delhi have the elixir you have been waiting for. Yes, the drink is called Pyaar Mohabbat Sharbat and with the kind of love it has garnered in recent times, there seems no name more befitting. If you happen to be in Old Delhi one of these days then you must try this purani dilli delight, made with oodles of roohafza, milk, sugar, watermelons and lots of love. The Pyaar Mohabbat Sharbat thela is slowly turning into a landmark in Old Delhi!
Where: Nawab Qureshi’s stall in front of 1149, Matia Mahal, near Jama Masjid, Delhi
Cost: INR 50
Gur ka Sharbat at Pahadi Imli
A small shop in the corner of Moholla Pahadi Imli sells a novel and refreshing drink: gur ka sharbat. The jaggery is brought from Ajmeri Gate Market and is kept soaked in water in a big container. The brass spoon used to mix the two is as old as the shop itself, which was established in 1947. The shop opens at 8 am and serves the drink until stocks last.
Where: Corner of Pahadi Imli, Chitli Qabar, Bazar Matia Mahal.
Cost: INR 5
Coconut Water (found in every market)
While some drinks involve preparation, others are consumed in their natural form. Tender coconut water is one such beverage, which is sold at every nook and corner on the streets in India. Roadside vendors have piles of coconuts and when you ask for one, they chop off the top portion and insert a straw and place it in your hands. After you finish drinking it, you can even ask them to cut it in half and enjoy the creamy textured, tender coconut jelly.
Cost: INR 30 onwards
Ganne Ka Juice (found in every market)
There’s something about ganne ka juice that tells us that it’s the most natural summer cooler. Maybe that’s because I can see the juice getting squeezed out of those long sticks. Also, it’s addictive to see the gannawaala send the gannas through those rollers on repeat mode.
Cost: INR 30 onwards
Machine Ka Thanda Paani
The most simple, cheap and effective thirst quencher that you’ll find on the roads. Somehow the act of paying two rupees for a glass of chilled paani makes it seem like amrit.
So now slurp the summertime sadness away and cool down with any of these refreshing roadside summer drinks in Delhi! Hurrayyyy