The weather in general has improved in much of India now with rains lashing certain parts. However, the soaring heat hasn’t gone, especially in the context of Delhi and its surroundings. This is the time of the year, when people indulge in all kinds of cool drinks with the hope of keeping themselves protected against the heat. So, they go for colas and processed beverages with excesses of added sugar. This has extremely harmful effects on health. So, we have curated this list of the tastiest healthy summer drinks to keep oneself cool during the summer, but which are also good for the health.
Barley water is one of the easiest summer coolants to make. One needs just pearl barley and the usual ingredients which are salt, water and lemon. One may add a dash of honey to make it sweeter.
What is an Indian summer without the ubiquitous Aam Panna. Mangoes are available for much of the summer in most parts of the country. Mango pulp is used here, blended with cumin and mint leaves. The oomph factor will arrive by adding a dash of rock salt (kala namak).
All kinds of fresh, seasonal fruits can be used in a Sangria. Citrusy ones go best, owing to the drink’s Iberian roots. To prepare one may mix juices – grape, lime and orange- together often with fresh blueberries. Once the blend is done, one needs to add fresh chunks of fruits. It cannot be had instant, but needs refrigeration for about 2 hours at the least. That will allow all the juices to come together.
Our grandparents were dead correct when they told us about the multiple benefits of drinking buttermilk. Known by different names all over the Subcontinent, chaas/chaach/mor/mooru/majige/ghol is an excellent curd-based digestive. Its ingredients include green chillies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, rock salt and of course curd.
This is a very popular drink especially in Bihar, but now increasingly pan-India. Unlike the other drinks mentioned so far, this one is not just refreshing, but is in fact a whole meal. This simple drink involves roasted chickpeas, bay leaves, cumin, coriander leaves, green chillies, black pepper and water. One may add sugar to make it sweet.
This of course is one of the simples to prepare. One needs to simply leave cucumbers infused within a pot of water, ideally overnight. It is a highly effective detox, washing away a lot of bad stuff from the body.
Fresh basil leaves, squeezed lemon juice and water is all that is needed for this drink. Indian households are usually abundant with basil (Tulsi), so finding the ingredients will be not trouble at all. One may add crushed ice for extra cooling effect.
This is a Mexican drink combining some of the finest seasonal fruits with liquids. One simply requires cold water, squeezed lime juice, lime wedges and most importantly the favourite seasonal fruits. Watermelon goes really well with this blend.
Coconut water has natural electrolyte so ideal to avoid dehydration. Best part is one doesn’t need to prepare this drink. It is as natural as it gets.
Iced Rooibos Mint Tea
Rooibos is originally a herbal drink from South Africa, literally translated form the Afrikaans language as red-bush. Rooibos tea bags are available at certain select places. These tea bags need to be dipped for substantial amount of time into a blend of boiling water. On this, fresh mint leaves and one sliced lemon need to be added plus sugar if someone desires. Once the water cools off, it needs to be either drunk straight or for further cooling, put inside the refrigerator.