To beat the hot summer days we do a lot of things. We also make and buy cooling drinks to consume in summer. To our guests also, we offer summer cooling drinks instead of tea or coffee in summer days. But on the same hand it is not always necessary to buy drink from market, rather you can try making some of the delicious and healthy drink at home. Do try these summer drinks at your home this summer.
Thandai is a popular sweet drink among North Indians and is made during Holi and Maha Shivratri festival. It will cool you down along with some good impact on your body. It contains many healthy food items like nuts, watermelon seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk, and fennel seeds. The creamy, sweet, and nutty flavor of this drink will make you crazy. You can make it at your home also.
2 Nimbu Pani
Nimbu Pani is cool, refreshing, and light drink for summer. You can make it sweet or savory according to your choice. And it is very simple to make and you can have it regularly at your home. It consist of water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sugar or salt.
3 Pudina Shikanji
Pudina is very good for digestive heath. You can make this refreshing drink at your home by mixing some of the very simple ingredients. If you like, you can also add some ginger juice to it. Mix some mint juice in water and add lemon juice, salt or sugar, black pepper powder, some ice cubes, and your freshly prepared pudina shikanji is ready to take a sip.
Jaljeera contains lots of spices and it is a very delicious drink of summer. It contains water, mint, dry ginger powder, roasted cumin powder, chili powder, and chaat masala. You can just add a packet of jaljeera powder in one glass of water with some ice cubes and with a mix your drink is ready to take a sip or serve.
Lassi is the blended yogurt with cream, sugar, and rose petals. It is a very popular cooking drink among North Indians and is often consumed during breakfast and lunch. It can be made by mixing fresh fruits and served with the toppings of chopped dry fruits. Some of the famous fruit flavor lassi are mango lassi, strawberry lassi, cucumber and avocado lassi, banana lassi, and mixed berries lassi.
6 Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza is a rose flavored squash. Cold and sweet drink with rose fragrance and flavor will cool your body down. You can mix this syrup with water, milk, or lassi and make the drink according to your taste. It is very popular during the month of Ramdaan.
7 Kacche Aam ka Sherbet
Kaccha Aam is raw mango drink made from raw mango is very delicious and healthy. It is full of nutrients and helps you fight diseases during summer. You can make this drink by boiling or roasting the raw mango. The drink is made by using the pulp of raw mango. The traditional way of making it includes roasted raw mango and it tastes heavenly. With adding few elements, a great drink will be ready to serve. You can make it at your home and you can make it sweet or savory according to your choice.
8 Kokum Sherbet
Kokum Sherbet is delicious and is filled with numerous health benefits. Kokum are rich in Vitamin C and has very yummy and tangy taste. Kokum Sherbet are great drinks for having in hot summer to soothe you down. Although, it is not a quick recipe but it is easy to make.
9 Litchi Nimbu Paani
People wait for litchi in summer. Litchi has numerous healthy nutrients and taste amazing. The taste of litchi always ask you to have some more of it. To make litchi lemonade you need sugar syrup, litchi pulp, freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, and ice cubes.
10 Jaggery Sherbet
Jaggery has numerous benefits on our health and is beneficial for our lungs. It is a famous drink in the rural areas of North India. Drinking a jaggery drink or sherbet will sooth your body and mind. You can try making jaggery sherbet using different ingredients like lemon, oranges, and basil seeds with jaggery powder and water. You can also try making milk cooling drinks using jaggery powder.
Panakam is also made of jaggery but unlike jaggery sherbet it is a famous drink of South India and people make it during Ram Navami festival. The ingredients are different then that are used in North India. They include lemon, jaggery powder, ginger powder, cardamom powder, and black pepper powder in their drink. You can also try this super easy and delicious drink at your home.
Chaach is the Indian name of Buttermilk. This is a healthy drink and you can drink it on daily basis. Chaach is a salted and spiced drink. You can vary the amount of spices according to your taste buds demand. You can add roasted cumin powder, black salt, and chopped coriander leaves before serving it to anyone. So, prepare your chaach and have a sip in peace.
13 Beel ka Sherbet
Beel is the yellow colored fruit and yellow fruits are rich in beta-carotene and are very much beneficial for eyes and bone health. Wood apple is known as Beel in India. It is a seasonal fruit so whenever you find it, you must have it once a year. It has a rich sweet and buttery taste, so making a drink from it does not require additional sweetness. But if you want to make it sweeter, you can add jaggery powder or honey to it and enjoy your cool wood apple drink.
14 Sattu Sherbet
Sattu is the powder of roasted gram and some whole grains which are rich in fiber content and has many benefits on health. You can make this drink by just mixing sattu powder in water. Makin it sweet or salty depends on your choice, but if you are making salty sherbet then you can add some roasted cumin and black pepper powder to enhance the taste. You can also add some freshly chopped cucumber and onions to add extra freshness and cooling effect.
15 Sandalwood Sherbet
It sounds rare but it is very much popular in South India to keep body cool internally from hot summer. Sandalwood contains many benefits for body and mind. You just need three element to make this delicious drink; they are water, sandalwood syrup, and sugar. You can replace sugar with coconut sugar or brown sugar. The sandalwood syrup is easily available in market. So, try making some this for your family.
Jigarthanda has a meaning in its name. It is meant for soothing your heart. This drink is very popular in South India and you can find stalls for this on roadsides, similar to the way you see lassi in North India. Main ingredients of this drink are milk, sugar, almond, and ice-cream. This creamy and cool drink taste amazing. You must try making this.
17 Gond ka Sherbet
This drink is very much beneficial for your skin health. Gond is the tragacanth gum which is used for making drinks. It is known as baddam pishin in South India. Main elements of this drink are water, milk, ice cubes, rose syrup, and gondkatira. But to make this drink you need to soak gondkatira in plain water for almost 8-10 hours.
18 Khus Sherbet
Khus has many health benefits as it contains antioxidants and takes care of blood circulation of body. It has cooling properties so it is a good option to consume in summer. Khus syrup is easily available in the market. You can mix this syrup in water with some sugar and ice cubes and your drink will be ready.
19 Ajwain Sherbet
Ajwain (carom seeds) are known for its digestive health benefits and it also helps in reducing weight. So consuming carom seed drink can prove you with numerous health benefits. You can add lemon juice and dry ginger powder to your drink if you like it. This drink can be made sweet or salty according to your likings.
20 Ganne ka Rass
Ganne ka Ras is the sugarcane juice. A glass of sugarcane juice can help you fight infection and other problems related to your health. Although, you cannot make this drink at home but there are lots of stalls on roadsides where it is easily available. Whenever you find such stall, stop there and have a glass of fresh sugarcane juice.