The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that enhancing the immune system naturally is much more important than pumping medicinal drugs and injections into the body. People around the world are now returning to their roots and are including more organic ingredients into their diet.
Enjoy refreshing summer drinks this season!
Summer is already here and all we can think about is one sip of that refreshing drink! We present to you a curated list of delectable cool drinks from India to hydrate your body and build immunity as well. These Homemade Summer Drinks are easy to make, refreshing, and don’t use too many ingredients.
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Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a tradition and is one of the most common summer drinks in a typical Indian household. It is made with different flavors of salt and sweet. It is called Shikanji locally and is cheap and loaded with Vitamin C. To prepare this, all you need is lemon juice and water to which you can always add extras like cumin, ginger juice, mint, coriander, basil leaves with a pinch of salt. If you prefer your drinks sweet, you can add some honey or sugar as you like and pair it up with plain water or soda. This lemon drink is quick and easy to make and cools you down on a hot summer day.
Bael (Wood Apple), a seasonal summer fruit grown all over India makes up for the most ideal summer drinks. It acts as an antidote to sunstrokes and is filled with nutritional goodness. The fruit has a hard shell on the outside and contains an orangish-yellow messy pulp inside. To prepare the drink, add some sugar and water to the fruit to bring it to a drinkable consistency. As a personal recommendation, a dash of lemon or any citrus fruit does a world of good to the drink in terms of taste.
You can also preserve the pulp in a deep freezer and use it the next time you want to have a drink. Bael helps cure an upset tummy, dehydration and reduces body heat. High in fibre, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium, bael sharbat keeps your stomach cooler, aids in digestion, and inhibits the growth of bad bacteria in the body.
Isn’t summer all about mangoes? Aam Panna is a flavour-packed Indian summer drink that is made from raw green mangoes. Enriched with several essential nutrients, it gives a taste of nostalgia with the enticing sweet-sour-spicy flavors of fresh raw mango. Aam Panna is the perfect drink to save you from heat strokes as it keeps you cool and boosts your immunity as well. Rich in vitamins, iron, and bursting with flavor, Aam Panna is a healthy beverage to beat the intense summer heat.
It is prepared by sweetening the boiled pulp of raw mangoes with sugar and mixing in black salt and roasted cumin seeds powder. Next, add chilled water, ice cubes, give it a stir, and serve immediately. You can also store the Aam Panna mixture in the fridge to be consumed later. This delectable beverage appears greenish in color and prevents dehydration and diarrhea, increases bacterial resistance of the body, and also acts as a remedy for blood disorders due to its high vitamin C content.
The list of summer drinks would be incomplete without lassi or buttermilk (diluted variety of lassi). Once again, the drink can be salted or sweet according to your preference. The salted version (buttermilk/chaas) can be flavored with coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger, green chilies, etc. while the sweet variety (lassi) can be infused with essences like saffron, rose, cardamom or paired with fruits like mango. Made from fresh curd, this delicious cooler is a natural thirst quencher and rich in gut-friendly bacteria. Often touted as the oldest smoothie in the world, it hydrates you and keeps your digestive system in check by building a flora of friendly bacteria in the gut.
A sip of this creamy drink can instantly lift your mood and give you relief from the intolerable heat. You can add some crushed mint leaves and a pinch of cumin powder to make it healthier. Mint is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, E, A, and acts as the perfect immunity booster.
Kokum Fig Sherbet
This classic summer cooler is made of Amsul or Kokum, a sweet and sour fruit native to the Konkan coast and can be found nowhere else in the world. You can combine this fruit with fig and make a kokum-fig concoction. Feel free to add just a bit of cumin seed powder, black salt into the kokum mixture and blend it all. Take a few tablespoons of the paste and pour it into a tall glass with some chilled water or soda. The pop of gorgeous red color gives the drink a more appealing look making it one of the most appetizing summer drinks out there.