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Best Drinks to Keep You Cool This Summer

What about the times when you need something a little more flavourful than plain ol’ water? Here is a list of seasonal and delicious summer drinks. These rad recipes of summer drinks are perfect for the season and fun to make.

Bright-coloured loose clothes, caps, sun shades, and plenty of liquids; these are some must-haves things to power through the scorching summers in Pakistan. The liquid part is more crucial than others since you are continually sweating away vital minerals during the season. We’ve compiled a refreshing mix of summer drinks that will keep you cool and beat the heat. Who can forget the summer of 2015, when Pakistan mourned the loss of 1,200 souls due to an extreme heatwave?

Your water bottle can get the job of hydrating you done, but drinking water all on its own — well — it’s a little uninteresting at times.

TOP 8 DRINKS TO KEEP YOU COOL THIS SUMMER

  • Falsa Sherbat
  • Sattu Sherbat
  • Mango Juice
  • Iced Tea
  • Lassi
  • Cold Coffee
  • Coconut Water
  • Fruit Smoothies

 

FALSA SHERBAT

Falsa itself is consumed for its cooling effects in summer as well as for its other health benefits. The fruit also offers radiation protection which is a plus. Falsa is a good source of Vitamin-C, and its juice is possibly the best tasting and the most refreshing drink we can sip during the burning summers.

 

How to Make Falsa Sherbat

Ingredients.

  • Falsa  (1 cup)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Black salt (according to your taste)
  • Sugar (two teaspoons)
  • Lemon juice (1 small lemon)
  • Salt (according to your taste)
  • Ice cubes

Method.

  1. First wash and drain the falsa, sprinkle a little table salt and leave them for half an hour.
  2. Take the blender and blend all the ingredients mentioned above. Pour it into a container and add some crushed ice cubes.
  3. Add a few leaves of mint to elevate the taste further.

 

SATTU SHERBAT

This summer drink is known for its cooling properties. Sattu is rich in protein, fibre, calcium, iron, and magnesium. The Sherbat is excellent for digestion, makes your skin glow, helps in weight loss and fights numerous diseases.

 

How to Make Sattu Sherbat

Ingredients

  • Chana Sattu (1/2 cup)
  • Chilled water (4 cups)
  • Lemon juice  (2 teaspoons)
  • Roasted Cumin powder  (Half teaspoon)
  • Mint leaves (2 teaspoons chopped)
  • Black salt (to taste)
  • Green chilli (1 chopped)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Add all ingredients in a jug and mix well.
  2. Serve in glasses with some ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves.

 

MANGO JUICE

Mango juice
Use Condense Milk instead of Sugar

Our list of best drinks to keep you cool this summer couldn’t be complete without the king of all fruits being mentioned on it. Summer is the only time when you can enjoy fresh home-made mango juice.

 

How to Make Mango Juice

Ingredients

  • Ripe mangoes (2)
  • Chilled Water (1 cup)
  • Sugar (as per your taste)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Peel and cut the mangoes into small pieces.
  2. Blend them with water and sugar.
  3. Run the mixture through a sieve.
  4. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.

ICED TEA

After water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, especially Pakistan. Iced tea can reduce the risk of heart diseases, keeps you hydrated, and contains many antioxidants. In warmer weather, having your tea iced is a great way to acquire the same benefits all year round.

 

How to Make Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • Water (2 cups)
  • Tea bags ( flavoured as per your choice)
  • Ice cube
  • Lemon juice ( 1 small cup)
  • Sugar ( 1 teaspoon)

Method

  1. Bring two cups of water to boil.
  2. Pour two tea bags of your choice into water. Brew it light or strong as per your liking.
  3. Now, remove the tea bags and sweeten to taste.
  4. Throw some ice cubes or refrigerate it.

 

LASSI

Lassi
Top it Off With Some Almonds, it Will Enhance the Looks as Well as Add the Crunch to Your Drink

Often known as the oldest smoothie in the world, lassi is a healing and refreshing drink made from yogurt, water, and different spices.  Apart from being a refreshing summer drink, this oh-so-satisfying drink has many benefits. It is full of probiotics, which means it is good for digestion and has a lot of essential nutrients including proteins, calcium, and potassium.

 

How to Make Lassi

Ingredients

  • Chilled curd (2 cups)
  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Water (½ cup)
  • Sugar ( as per your taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Chopped dry fruits (optional)

Method

  1. Mix the curd till it becomes smooth.
  2. Add chilled water and milk to reach the consistency you like.
  3. Add sugar/salt to it.
  4. Top it off with some rose petals or chopped dry fruit (optional).

COLD COFFEE

Leave Coffee Beans in Cold Water for 24 hours

People around the globe swear on coffee and how it’s the only thing capable of waking them up in the morning. But in summers, a hot cup of coffee can be a little too much for your body. So, a cup of cold coffee could be the perfect combination of something delicious and icy, while having the same potential of keeping your alert.

 

How to Make Cold Coffee

Ingredients

  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Coffee (2 teaspoons)
  • Fresh cream (2 tablespoons)
  • Honey (1 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla ice cream (2 tablespoons)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Put ice cubes in the blender, and add coffee, milk, honey, cream and about two tablespoons of ice cream.
  2. Blend it, take some ice cubes and then pour it in glasses.
  3.  Put a scoop of vanilla (optional).

 

COCONUT WATER

Coconut Water
Coconut Water Tastes Best When you Drink it Fresh From Coconut

It may be the healthiest natural drink you can have on a hot summer day.  It forms naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat. Coconut water is a lot more than just a dose of electrolytes and sugar. It is an excellent source of several nutrients and contains many antioxidants. You can buy it from stalls. It is also readily available in stores as well. Just be sure to avoid products with added sugar.

 

FRUIT SMOOTHIES

Smoothies can serve as a cold, creamy, delicious meal-in-a-glass on a hot summer day. Since smoothies are full of fresh fruits and sometimes vegetable, the options are endless. Our recipe contains fruit juice or honey to up the pleasantness, but if you’re looking to cut added sugar from your diet, you can nix those ingredients.

 

How to Make Fruit smoothies

Ingredients

  • Banana (sliced)
  • Yogurt (2 cups)
  • Honey ( 1 tablespoon)
  • Ginger (optional)

Method

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes smooth and creamy. Add ice depending on temperature preference.
  2. Frozen bananas work best in smoothies. Peel, slice in half, and place in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight.
  3. Add more vegetables and other fruits to increase nutritional benefits.

Now that you’re armed with a list of summer drinks to keep you cool, we’re sure you’d be able to keep your taste buds happy and satisfied. Anyway, cheers and happy hydration!

Let the Summer Fun Begin

Celebrate summer with the ravishing taste of these delicious, refreshing dishes and desserts!

The summer season may be the hottest but it is this season that keeps everyone energetic and active. This season is known for its long days which are warm and shorter nights, high temperatures, dusty and dry winds.

I consider summer synonymous to “fun” as the weather is beautiful, school is out, and everyone is celebrating and enjoying themselves. A sunny day that seems to go on forever, evenings that stay light – until well into the light and mornings so bright that make you excited to get up. Not to mention there are barbecues and summer parties where amazing food is guaranteed!

However, it’s that time of year when one does not feel like eating anything greasy and heavy. In hot weather, one opts for lighter food with lots of fruit and vegetables that provide nutrition but is not heavy on the stomach. Here are some delicious and energizing dishes to fight the heat that can make the difference between a good or a bad day.

Falooda

Falooda is a very refreshing and popular local ice-cream drink made from milk, vermicelli noodles, sabja, tutti frutti, and sugar. It’s a very popular dish and used to beat the scorching heat. If you find yourself at the beach or in a hotel, then a falooda can’t be far away. There are many variants, corresponding to different regions.

Shikanji (Lemonade)

This drink is the simplest and most reliable cooler drink for the summer. Its main ingredients are lemon juice, sugar, and salt. However different variations include ginger, mint, etc to make it more refreshing. The shikanji is not only cooling, but it will also leave a fresh feeling in your mouth.

Sattu Drink

Sattu sharbat is a Bihari drink that is loved across the subcontinent. The sattu powder is made with roasted ground black chana, bay leaves, and roasted zeera – all blended. People in Punjab, however, have a different version of sattu, wherein they add jowar (white millet flour) and jau ka atta(barley). Sattu can either be served sweet by mixing it with brown sugar and water or with jeera, Hara dhaniya (coriander leaves).

Gannay ka Ras (sugarcane juice)

This is a popular drink across the hot areas in summer and is available easily from street vendors. It is a great source of instant energy and leaves one refreshing when taken chilled.

Mango Heaven

There are many mango dessert recipes prepared with mango puree, cream, and biscuits. “if summer had one defining scent, it’d be the smell of the ripe mangoes!” Some of the amazing mango bites and sips include:

 

  • Pulpy Mango Milkshake: To give regular mango milkshake an interesting twist, what you can do is add small chunks of mango pieces. This way you can both eat and drink mango! Like that? It simply gives an amazing texture to the milkshake and makes it more satiating. Your breakfast and or sudden hunger pang is unquestionably sorted!
  • Mango Chocolate Smoothie: Mangoes are extremely nutritious, and they have a velvety texture that works so well in a smoothie recipe. Mango smoothies with the addition of chocolate syrup, hands down make it a great breakfast smoothie since the recipe is abundant with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins a & c.
  • Mango Lassi: Lassi is one chilled and refreshing drink that is cherished by people across Pakistan. It is made by churning curd and thickened to a creamy consistency and then topped with additional flavors.
  • Mango Mouse: How can one resist the lure of creamy, fluffy mousse? Mixed mango puree with whipped cream and chilled serves the purpose
  • Mango Custard: Mango custard is a pleasing addition to your summer desserts. With mango puree as the main ingredient, mango custard is a good source of protein and vitamins which is great for bone health. Since the summers can tire you easily mango custard is a super food as it can also give you extra energy immediately.

Berry Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a combination of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, all tossed in an easy honey lime poppy seed dressing. So, berry salad is a must-make for all your summer celebrations!

Berry Avocado Popsicles

The berry avocado popsicles are filled with raspberries, strawberries, creamy avocado, and a hint of lime. They are so refreshing on a hot summer day!

 

Barbecue Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Barbecue chicken lettuce wraps are easy to make and packed full of flavor, stuffed full of bbq chicken, corn, black beans, and bell peppers these are perfect for lunch or dinner.

Summer is no more hard on your stomach now because we have got it all covered for you. Try out these amazing options and let us know!