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Must try these 6 refreshing drinks this summer to beat the heat!

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: In Summer nothing is better than a fruity, herby or frozen drink in hand! It just makes you feel refreshed and cool. From sweet watermelon and juicy peaches to herbaceous mint and basil there are Vast varieties of summer cocktails.

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Cool beverages not only help you stay hydrated but also give dietary benefits. While water is the most important drink to quench thirst, there are many other healthy and tasty beverages that you can include in your diet and easily kick off all the unhealthy packaged and aerated drinks.

The heat in India can get scorching around April and May, but these typically Indian summer drinks sure do help with that. Don’t let the heat dictate your mood this summer, and keep your mind calm and cool with these excellent Indian drinks.

# Thandai

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Thandai is an Indian cold and traditional drink popular in the northern parts of India, prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, poppy seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi or Holla mahalla festival.
Shops often have their own take on thandai, building on the foundation of nuts and spices with fruits like the season’s special mangoes or flavours like rose and saffron.

# Watermelon-Coconut Cooler

Watermelon is a sweet and refreshing low calorie summer snack. It provides hydration and also essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Along with cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber, watermelons are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. A coconut is the edible fruit of the coconut palm, a tree of the palm family. Coconut flesh is high in fat and can be dried or eaten fresh or processed into coconut milk or coconut oil. The liquid of the nut, known as coconut water, is used in beverages.

2 cups watermelon(300 g), chilled and cubed
1 cup coconut water(240 mL)
1 lime lime juice
ice cube

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Place watermelon, coconut water, and lime juice in blender and blend until smooth and pour some ice cubes into it. Serve with watermelon wedges.

# Pineapple Ginger Lemonade

Make this refreshing summertime drink pineapple ginger lemonade with some pineapple chopped, mint leaves, water, grated ginger, fresh lemon juice, and ice-cubes. Blend it into blender until smooth and serve with some mint leaves.

The pineapple lemonade recipe combines fresh and ripe pineapple flesh with simple syrup and optional ginger and mint twist for the ultimate summery concoction. Serve still or sparkling, with mint or other herbs, using lemon or lime (for pineapple limeade), and with or without ginger, etc. I’ve even included some boozy pairing suggestions for those who want to turn this pineapple lemonade punch into an adult treat.

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# Buttermilk (Chaas)

Indian masala chaas is the ideal summer drink! Made with yogurt, water and some spices, it’s not only light and refreshing but also good for you. Also, you can add some coriander leaves and cumin powder to bring some twist to the drink. It is good for digestion and is also tasty. So, go ahead and make this drink for your hot sunny afternoon.

Take some yogurt, cold water, cumin powder, black salt and chat masala. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend till combined. Serve with fresh Dhaniya leaves.

# Aam Panna

Aam panna is a refreshing Indian summer drink made using green mangoes. It is sweet, tangy, and bursting with beautiful flavors. Make it in an instant pot or a traditional pressure cooker. An absolute lip-smacking drink that is mostly popular in Maharashtra is made with our favourite king of fruits- mango. This refreshing summer drink is prepared using mango pulp and blended with cumin, jeera and mint leaves. This drink does not only keep you refreshed but also energized through sunny days.

Slice some raw mangoes and put into pressure cooker and transfer the cooked and cooled green mangoes to a blender. Add mint leaves, granulated sugar, roasted cumin powder, and black salt to the blender and blend until smooth. Service with mint leaves.

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# Jal Jeera/ Shikanji

Jal Jeera needs no introduction in India. With the incredibly refreshing Jal jeera (also called shikanji in some places) Summertimes are synonymous, a lemonade given a flavourful twist by simple spices like roasted cumin, pepper and black salt. It is especially popular in north India where one can often spot handcarts with giant clay matkas on the streets, selling chilled Jal jeera garnished with mint leaves and boondi.

Take handful of fresh coriander and mint leaves and grind them to a paste using water. Strain the mix into the bowl of water and lime juice. Take some cumin powder, fennel seeds powder, dry mango powder, rock salt, black salt, black pepper corns powder, clove powder, black cardamom powder, asafoetida mix into it. Jal jeera is ready. Serve with boondi.

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