Slurp, Slurp! There goes a chilled drink down your thirsty throat.
Yes, summer is back and time for lemonades, ice-creams, mojitos, squashes, fruit punch, juices and all those tempting thirst quenchers. Nothing is more refreshing and rejuvenating than cold beverages in this season. Though, cold water is the all-time favourite, you can always mix and match different flavours to make simple juices to tasty cocktails, all at your home.
Simple Lemonade: Lemonade is one of the most refreshing drinks for all ages. Also popularly know as shikanji, you can make this at home with lime and water or soda. You can use soda, if you want a fizzy drink, especially after a heavy meal. Cut and squeeze limes, add sugar and mix well. Then, add ice and soda as required. You can also make sugar syrup by boiling sugar with water and then add. You can also add table salt, black salt, roasted and grounded cumin powder or jaljeera to give it flavour. Lime is very refreshing for kids when they come back sweating after an afternoon play. Avoid having lime in the evening as it might lead to acidity.
Fruit Juices: Though, having fruits in its original form is best for your health, but a glass of fresh fruit juice is not a bad idea, especially during summers. This is also a good way to make your kid have fruits, in case they don’t like to have fruits. Do not give them juices from outside, which has preservatives; make it at home. Summer brings along a huge basket of variety of fruits, which can be made into juices like watermelon, lemons, mausambi, grapes, orange, pomegranate and apples too. Just cut and blend well in a mixer with sugar or use a juice maker. Sieve the ones, which have seeds to separate them from the juice and refrigerate to be served cold. Juices can also be given to toddlers. Avoid juices in the evening or night.
Lassi: Indian lassi is one of the most loved chillers in any season. Lassi can be made easily at home with minimal ingredients. Crush cardamom seeds in a blender to make a fine powder. Whisk curd till it becomes watery. Then, add water or milk and sugar; keep churning till it becomes frothy. Add cardamom powder for flavour. You can add readymade powder as well. You can also add crushed dry fruits and nuts. Refrigerate or add ice to serve cold. You can also add saffron, rose water essence or gulkand, which gives a cool feel to the throat.
Virgin Mojito: Why go out to refresh your senses with a dash of mint? Make refreshing virgin mojito at home. It is quite similar to lemonade with a tint of mint. Squeeze limes and add sugar to make juice. Then, add mint leaves and stir well. Leave for some time till the flavour of mint blends in the juice. You can also add ginger ale or apple juice to add flavour.
Milk Shakes: Summertime is time for shakes and stirs. Milk shakes are an instant favourite during summers. It can be as simple as mixing drinking chocolate to chilled water or adding any flavour of ice-cream in the blender to make ice-cream shakes. Making fruit milk shakes are also very easy. My favourites this season are avocado, strawberries and of course, mango. Just cut into small pieces; put in the blender with milk, sugar and a dollop of ice-cream. And you have amazing milk shakes ready for your family for a summer afternoon. You can also add a scoop of ice-cream before serving. Other ingredients for making shakes can be nuts, flavoured yogurts etc. You can also add nuts, chocolate chips or other eatable sprinklers as toppings . You can also make layered milk shakes and smoothies, though it takes a bit of time.
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These are few, very simple summer cool drinks you can make at home to best the heat. These are healthy as well as refreshing for both kids and adults in this season. They are quite a relief, when you come home from the scorching heat. You can keep them ready in the refrigerator and have, whenever you wish to sip. Please do share your simple ideas for summer cool drinks too.
Slurp, Slurp! Time for some refreshing thirst quencher for me after this tempting post.
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