10 Summer Special Drinks With Easy Recipes

Summer is unleashing its wrath and the sweltering heat is on its peak. On the brighter side, it is times like these when you can bask in sunny afternoons, the company of good friends and a cool drink in your hand. A variety of fruits available during this season can quench your thirst all season long. Here are 10 drinks that can be easily blended at home – smooth, sweet and with a very distinct taste.

1) Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

A sweet and citrusy combination of cherries and lemon in a refreshing drink. A glass of this on a blazing summer day will help you stay calm and cool, while also giving your immune system a boost.

Ingredients:

  • 340 grams of pitted cherries
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ a cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of water

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the cherries, lemon juice and sugar into a cherry syrup.
  • Refrigerate and when intending to serve, mix it with ice and cold water.

2) Mango Lassi

As this is a yogurt based drink, it is a natural cure for issues related to the stomach and helps keep the body cool. Lassi is a popular beverage and has its roots in the Northern parts of India.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh chopped mangoes or mango pulp
  • 1 ½ cups of fresh yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar/ honey
  • Mint leaves

Method:

  • Peel the mangoes and chop them into fine pieces.
  • In a blender, puree the mango pieces along with sugar/honey and cardamom powder.
  • Add the yogurt and further blend for a minute.
  • Add ice cubes and blend for a few seconds, till the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Serve in a glass and garnish it with mint leaves.

3) Watermelon Pomegranate Cooler

Watermelons are a favourite during summers and are also recommended for the water content they hold. There’s nothing quite like the burst of juices when biting into watermelon chunks. Its juice is an ideal way to keep oneself hydrated with delicious flavours.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups watermelon chunks, deseeded
  • ½ to 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • Honey or sugar, as per choice
  • 1-2 sprigs mint leaves, for juice and for garnish
  • Water or soda, as per choice

Method:

  • In a blender jar, add watermelon cubes, pomegranate seeds, ginger, honey/sugar, a few mint leaves and give it a whizz till everything is completely blended.
  • Add required amount of water and blend it again for a minute or two.
  • Pour in glasses, garnish with mint leaves and serve.
  • If adding soda, add just before serving.

4) Rose Lemon Drink

Rose syrup is known for its cooling properties and is loved for its aromatic presence. An amalgamation of this syrup and lemon juice is a refreshing change and provides energy to the body. A light and invigorating drink, it is packed with vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • ¼  cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp rose syrup

Method:

  • Take a saucepan and bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Stir until the sugar has fully dissolved. Once done, remove the saucepan from the flame and let it completely cool down.
  • In a jar, combine together lemon juice, sugar syrup, 2 cups water and rose water. Stir it well and serve in glasses with ice cubes.

5) Coconut and Kiwi Smoothie

This is a super hydrating combination of coconut and kiwi in a refreshing drink. Kiwi is a well known source of copper and also supplies your body with essential dietary fiber; while coconut water is famous for its nutritious properties and also helps the body stay cool.

Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes, as desired
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • Honey

Method:

  • Except honey, combine all the ingredients in a juicer jar.
  • Blend really well, for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add honey at the end.
  • Serve in tall glasses.

6) Boondi Jaljeera

A healthy Indian drink of jaljeera, consisting of mixed spice powders and topped with boondi, which are deep fried, small pearls made from gram flour. This drink is an excellent source of iron and helps prevent anaemia.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp seedless tamarind
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp of boondi
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • Black salt, as per requirement

Method

  • Rinse the mint leaves and tamarind well.
  • Except boondi and chaat masala, blend all the ingredients well.
  • Strain this juice and add 4 cups of chilled water.
  • Refrigerate. Just before serving, add boondi and pinch of chaat masala.

7) Pineapple Ginger Coconut Cooler

A zesty, refreshing drink of pineapple and ginger which is native to Paraguay and Brazil. It has become a favourite all over the world for the punch of fruity flavours it provides and is welcome especially during summers. Ginger is known to relieve nausea, loss of appetite and motion sickness.

Ingredients:

  • 75 ml pure pineapple juice
  • 30 ml coconut water
  • ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 pinches orange bitters
  • Pineapple slices for garnish
  • Ice cubes, as desired

Method:

  • Combine pineapple juice, coconut water and ginger in a juicer jar. Blend well.
  • Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour this juice over.
  • Top with bitters and garnish with pineapple.

8) Lychee Chilli Cooler

The sweet flavour of lychee is balanced exceptionally well with the added heat of chilies in this unique and refreshing drink. Oligo, which is abundantly present in lychee, possesses antioxidants and anti-influenza properties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups lychee (just the flesh), a few kept aside for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Salt (1 pinch)
  • ½ small green chilli
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 quart ice

Method:

  • Blend the lychees, lemon juice, sugar, salt and chilli into a smooth paste.
  • Strain this mixture, discard the solid particles, add cold water and whisk well.
  • Chop the leftover lychee flesh and add it to a glass along with some ice.
  • Pour the blended juice over the ice and garnish with whole chillies for a zing.

9) Cucumber Lemon Chiller

The soothing nature of cucumbers makes it a must have ingredients during summers. The fruit keeps the body hydrated owing to its water content, helps fight the heat and flushes out toxins from the body.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cucumber chunks, peeled and deseeded
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice (quantity depends on preference)
  • Honey or sugar, as required
  • A few mint leaves, for juice and for garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Soda or water

Method:

  • In a juicer jar, blend together cucumber chunks, lemon juice, honey/sugar and mint leaves.
  • Add 1 cup or less of water, and give it a whizz for a minute or two.
  • For serving, add ice cubes to a glass, pour the cucumber juice and garnish with mint leaves.
  • If adding soda, add ice cubes to a glass, pour half of cucumber juice and fill the rest with soda.

10) Muskmelon Juice

Another fruit from the melon family, muskmelon is rich in fibre, helps keep the body cool during summers and is an antioxidant. The soft, squishy fruit makes for an excellent juice ingredient and hence, becomes a great source of hydrating the body.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized muskmelon
  • Sugar or honey, as per choice
  • A pinch of black salt
  • Sabza ke beej or chia seeds, optional
  • Lemon juice, optional
  • Water, only if required

Method:

  • Cut the muskmelon into half, then into slices. Remove the peels and seeds. Cut into chunks.
  • In a juicer jar, add muskmelon chunks, sugar/honey, black salt and lemon juice (if adding). Blend this really well.
  • If there is a need to add water, add in little amounts to get the desired consistency. And give this juice a whiz for a minute. Generally thick juice is preferred.
  • In a glass, add a pinch or two of chia seeds and pour this juice to the brim.

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