Last Updated on May 11, 2019
Refreshing Indian Summer Drinks to Quench Your Thirst
Summer, the hottest season of the year is here, and can make you dehydrated. Drinking more fizzy drinks that contain carbonated water, sweeteners, and artificial flavoring substances do not quench your thirst. Instead, sipping some natural, home-made traditional Indian summer drinks can help you cool down after a hot day. So, make sure to stay hydrated and refresh yourself with the right thirst quencher to beat the heat.
Grab a Glass of Buttermilk
Buttermilk, also known as Chaas is an instant natural cooling drink. Adding some flavor and taste enhancing natural ingredients such as cumin, asafoetida, salt, chaat masala, some finely chopped coriander leaves, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves can make this curd and water-based drink a healthy summer drink.
Also, drinking a glass of buttermilk can cool and rehydrate your body, improve digestion, aid in weight loss, relieve heartburn and boost your immune system. So, hurry up, grab a glass of buttermilk and stay cool during this summer.
Cut Open a Tender Coconut
Tender coconut water is a naturally refreshing drink preferred by many people across India. During summer, fresh tender coconuts are easily found in all street markets in India. The clear liquid extracted from a young green coconut has a mild sweetness and a fresh taste which makes it a perfect drink for summer.
Drinking coconut water every day can quench your thirst, meet your daily fluid and electrolyte requirements, help you lose weight and protect you from dehydration. So, make sure to sip on fresh coconut water any time of the day to beat the heat.
Try Out Jaljeera
Jaljeera is a popular tangy, sour and spicy drink from North India. Jaljeera drink is made using water (jal), roasted cumin seeds (jeera), salt and some strong flavoring spices such as mint, coriander, tamarind, fennel, ginger powder, dry mango powder, and black pepper is an ideal drink for hot Indian summers.
The spices used in jaljeera are commonly found in Indian kitchens and help in dealing with indigestion, gastric problems, bloating and flatulence. Apart from cooling properties, jaljeera is also used as an appetizer, as it is good for digestion. So, hurry up, try out this magical spiced Indian cooling drink to prevent dehydration and keep your body cool.
Gulp Down a Chilled Glass of Lassi
Lassi is a traditional Punjabi drink made from yogurt. It is a smooth and creamy yogurt-based summer drink which is healthy and refreshing. During summer, the beverage is traditionally served in earthen clay pots, which aid in providing the instant coolness. You can make lassi sweet or salty and also, add many variations by adding some exotic fruits and flavors.
Drinking a glass of lassi can cool down your body instantly, boost your immune system, improve gut health by promoting good bacteria, provide healthy skin, meet your daily calcium requirement and make your bones stronger. So, make sure to beat the summer heat with this cool thirst-quencher to keep you refreshed, hydrated and nourished.
Just Squeeze a Lime
Nothing can be as cool as a sip of refreshing lemonade during summer. Lemonade, also known as nimbu pani, is a quick drink prepared using fresh lemons, mint leaves, sugar, salt, and water. This sweet and tangy drink is the cheapest summer drink. Gulping a glass of lime water helps energize your body, quench your thirst instantly and replenish all the body salts after workouts. It is an excellent source of vitamin C.
Drinking lemon juice with warm water on an empty stomach every morning can help in weight loss, detoxify your body, flush out unwanted toxins from your body, improve digestion, hydrate your body and fight against infections. So, make sure to drink this refreshing drink to keep your tummy cool even on the hottest and most tiring of days.
Make Fresh Aam Panna
Aam (mango) panna is a very refreshing Indian summer drink made using raw mangoes. This lip-smacking green mango juice is slightly sour and sweet to taste and is flavored with fresh mint, cardamom, cumin, and black salt. Apart from cooling properties, aam panna boosts energy levels, improves digestion, fights diabetes, prevents dehydration, helps ease constipation, improves skin texture, offers a relaxing effect on your mind and relieves anxiety and depression.
On the other hand, drinking a glass of aam panna rich in vitamin A can protect your eyes from various diseases such as cataract, night blindness, and dry eyes. So, hurry up, grab some unripe mangoes and try out this refreshing traditional Indian drink to beat the heat during these hot sunny days.
Sip on a Basil Seed Drink
Basil seeds or sabja seeds are commonly added to falooda, sherbet, and other Indian drinks. Basil drink is often considered as a perfect summer coolant. Adding these soft, smooth, jelly-like, crunchy basil seeds to fresh fruit juices and smoothies can be very refreshing and hydrating. Basil seed drink can be added to your weight loss diet too, as it is rich in fiber and prevents you from feeling hungry too often. Sabja seeds naturally have cooling and soothing effects on the stomach, thereby offering instant relief from acidity problems.
Medicinally, basil seeds can be used to control blood sugar levels, treat digestion problems, relieve constipation, treat skin infections, fight respiratory disorder, sore throats and relieve stress. So, make sure to grab a glass of naturally colorful, refreshing basil seed drink to quench your thirst instantly this summer.
Swig a Glass of Sugarcane Juice
Drinking a glass of cold sugarcane juice serves as an energy drink, thereby helping you to boost your energy levels instantly and can eliminate harmful toxins from your body. Sugarcane juice also acts as a diuretic, helps improve your kidney function and treats urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Sugarcane juice helps strengthen your liver and is considered as an effective remedy for treating jaundice.
On the other hand, sugarcane juice loaded with minerals can help prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Sugarcane juice also helps in weight loss and keeps you in good shape. The presence of antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds in sugarcane juice can help you get a glowing, soft, and moisturized skin. So, hurry up, capture those amazing health benefits by just enjoying a chilled glass of sugarcane juice on a blazing hot day.