Cool off with these Refreshing Summer Drinks

Are you constantly heading to the fridge to fetch cold water to cool your body and quench your thirst during the hot summer days? Why just stick to water to combat dehydration? When you perspire, you don’t just lose water but also lose vital minerals and salts from the body. To replenish all that, you can get inventive and make some cooling summer drinks that will not just help quench your thirst but will also keep your body cool and refresh your mind. There are many ingredients like lemon, watermelon, cucumber and mint which have a refreshing taste and a cooling effect on the body. Today we show you some cooling and refreshing summer drinks that will zest up your summer afternoons and help you beat the heat.

1. Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon with lemon is the ultimate summer combination. To make this drink for 4 , you would need

  • 1/2 a watermelon chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tsp sugar or honey
  • Chilled Water
  • Ice cubes and watermelon and lemon sliced for garnish

Puree the watermelon along with the sugar or honey. Do not strain. We need the watermelon pulp in the juice. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime into this. Divide into 4 tall glasses. Top it with chilled water and ice cubes. Garnish with lemon and watermelon slices and serve immediately.

2. Cucumber, Lime and Mint Cooler

Cucumber, Lime and Mint Cooler

Cucumber and mint make another fantastic combination when it comes to cooling drinks. To make the drink you would need

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime thinly sliced
  • A few springs of mint

In a jug filled with water, simply drop the cucumber and lime slices and mint.  You could add a sweetener if you wish. Stir this well and refrigerate. Pour yourself a glass whenever you are thirsty and quench your thirst guilt-free. It also acts as a very effective detox drink.

Read more about detox drinks here

3. Cranberry and Ginger Punch

Cranberry and Ginger Punch

Cranberry is great for health and is bursting with nutrition while ginger adds a zingy taste to anything it is added to. This red colored refreshing drink will surely be a family favorite. To make it, you need,

  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cups sweetened cranberry juice
  • Cranberries and Lemon slices for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon

To make the juice, steep the ginger in a cup of boiling water and strain. Cool it and add it to the cranberry juice, along with the juice of 1 lemon. Chill the punch. Before serving, garnish with a lemon wedge and a few cranberries.

Read about the incredible health benefits of cranberry juice here

4. Watermelon Pomegranate Slushie

Watermelon Pomegranate Slushie

One more juice featuring watermelon, and why not, when there red colored beauties are filled with water and fiber. Add to this some luscious pomegranate seeds and you have an antioxidant rich cooling summer drink. To make it for 2, you need

  • 2 cups of watermelon cubed
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes for garnish

If you do not want to use store bought pomegranate juice, it can be extracted from the seeds by repeatedly running them in an electric juicer. Then add the juice to a blender with watermelon and puree well. Pour in chilled glasses and serve the juice topped with ice cubes.

5. Chaas or spiced buttermilk 

Chaas or spiced buttermilk

This is a specialty of India and is made from buttermilk. You can make it salted or spiced or sweet. The base of the drink has just 3 ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • A few ice cubes

If you want to make it salted, add some salt to it. The spiced version will have a green chili, an inch of ginger, some coriander leaves, salt and some fennel seeds. If you want to make it sweet, add fruits like strawberries or mango to it along with some sugar. Simply whizz all the ingredients in a blender and serve chilled to cool the mind and the body.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.

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