Summer heat this season is becoming unbearable day by day and it is the time we take measures to beat it. The smouldering summer heat can leave you feeling fatigued, lethargic, dehydrated and thirsty. Quench your thirst in a healthy way, refresh and replenish the body with some of the best summer beverages, that are easy to make and readily available.
Coconut water replenishes electrolyte in the body and enhances hydration, which makes you feel better. It acts as a natural diuretic, thus, promotes production and flow of urine. It cleanses your body's toxic substances. It also helps prevent problems like urinary tract infections.
In case you live under some rock, let me tell you about this drink, aam pana is an Indian drink renowned for its heat-resistant properties. It is made from raw mangoes and is yellow to very light green in color, and is consumed as a tasty and healthy beverage to fight against the intense Indian summer heat. In most instances, mint leaves are added which enhances the green colour.
This is a summer drink made up of Bel, also known as stone apple or wood apple. The fruit is round and hard skinned, and has a peachy aroma with a sweetish sour taste.
Lassi is a popular traditional dahi-based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. Blend sugar with mango and you have that yummy mango lassi right there!
Shikanji is a type of traditional limeade or lemonade. Alternative names include shikanjvi, shikanjbi and shikanjbeen. It is also known by limun paani or nimbu pani. It is easy to make and readily available.
Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink. Traditionally, it was the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cultured cream, however, most modern buttermilk is cultured. It is common in warm climates where unrefrigerated fresh milk sours quickly. A cold glass of chaach really beats that heat!
Thandai, or shardai, is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. Not to mention how delicious it tastes!
These were some traditional cooling drinks we drink, although the best drink is water, do give these a try this summer and save yourself from the heat.