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Best Summer Drinks to Make at Home

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Summers are synonymous with coolants and what can be better than homemade healthy drinks that have natural cooling and soothing properties. These age-old recipes are passed on for generations. We have seen our mothers and grandmothers making summer drinks at home and forcing them down our throats and cribbing how bad aerated drinks are. The best part about these traditional drinks is that all the ingredients are easily available and have nutritious and healing properties with great taste.

Indian Summer Drinks

Let's have a look at few easy recipes for such drinks that will keep you hydrated and help beat the summer heat.


Aam Panna


A popular and therapeutic summer drink that has its mention in the Ayurveda. Aam Panna in Northern India is a staple homemade drink in summer due to the abundant availability of mangoes in the region. India houses a huge variety of mangoes and every region has its unique name and the recipe for Aam Panna. This summer cooler is known as "Aam Pora" in the East and as "Panha" in Maharastra.

Aam Panna

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 raw mango (Amiya)

  • 2 green chili

  • Sugar (as per taste)

  • Black pepper

  • Hing (Asafoetida)

  • Pudina (mint leaves)

  • Roasted cumin (bhuna jeera)

  • Black salt

  • Green Chili (optional)

PROCESS

  1. Boil whole raw mango

  2. Let it cool down

  3. Remove the peel and take out the pulp

  4. Add pulp with sugar to a mixer and grind to form a consistent paste

  5. Strain the mango paste with a strainer in a bowl

  6. Add mint leaves and green chili (optional) and blend them

  7. Add the above paste to the strained mango pulp

  8. Take a jar and add the following spices - black pepper, hing, roasted jeera, black salt

  9. Now add the pulp paste to the jar along with cold water and ice cubes

  10. Refrigerate for a while and consume chilled

  11. Garnish with some pudina leaves while serving

 

Mango Shake


The arrival of the Mango season in India, especially Nothern India, is no less than a season of celebrations. People eagerly wait for this king of fruits and welcome it with great joy and enthusiasm. India has a huge variety of mangoes famous ones being Langda, Dashehari, Chausa, Safeda, Alphonso, etc.

Mango shake is a much-loved drink during summers and is a healthy and delicious way to beat the heat and get refreshed. Kids love mangoes and mango shakes, mango lassi, mango pudding, and mango ice creams are commonly made household recipes to enjoy the flavourful mango season.

Mango Shake

INGREDIENTS

  • Ripe Mangoes (soft and sweet)

  • Milk

  • Sugar/Jaggery

  • Paan Cherry (for topping)


PROCESS

  1. Peel the mangoes and extract the pulp

  2. Take a blender and add the pulp, sugar with 1/4th of milk

  3. Blend this mixture to form a thick consistent paste

  4. Now add the rest of the milk and ice cubes to the mixer

  5. Blend again to form a frothy thick slush

  6. Pour in elongated glasses and top with some paan cherries or crushed dry fruits

  7. Refrigerate for a while and enjoy chilled

 

Chaach/Matha


Indian Buttermilk or famously known as chaach/matha is a curd-based drink that is great for your gut and digestion. Loaded with probiotics and refreshing qualities this summer drink has been a traditional welcome drink of Northern India. Matha is one such age-old drink that has passed generations and is consumed widely throughout the Indian Subcontinent.

Earlier Matha was made at home with a traditional mathani (wooden hand blender) in a clay pot with freshly made yogurt. Nowadays it is made in a blender or is easily available in the market in tetra packs by Amul.


[In Rajasthani it is called Ghol, in Odia, it is called Ghol/Chaash, Moru in Tamil and Malayalam, Taak in Marathi, Majjiga in Telugu, Majjige in Kannada, Ale (pronounced a-lay) in Tulu and laban in Bengali. In Indian English, it is often referred to as buttermilk.]

Chaach Matha

INGREDIENTS

  • Hung Curd

  • Water

  • Black Salt

  • Black pepper (crushed)

  • Roasted Cumin

  • Mint Leaves

PROCESS

  1. Blend curd and water in a mixer

  2. Add ice cubes, black salt, black pepper, and roasted cumin powder and blend again

  3. Refrigerate and serve cold

  4. Garnish with some mint leaves while serving

 

Roohafza Lassi


Lassi is a sweet yogurt-based refreshing dish that is quite versatile and has a lot of variations. Lassi is a very popular drink in Nothern Indian states like Punjab, U.P, Haryana, and Rajasthan. We have the most common ones being the plain sweetened lassi and more flavored ones like Roojafza lassi, mango lassi, thandai, namkeen lassi, or bhang.

Roohafza Lassi

INGREDIENTS

  • Hung curd

  • Sugar/jaggery

  • Grated almond

  • Rose petals

  • Roohafza or rose syru

PROCESS

  1. Blend curd and sugar/jaggery in a mixer

  2. Add Roohafza and ice cubes and blend again

  3. You can add some milk if you want it to be thinner

  4. Top it with some rose petals and serve chilled

 

Shikanji


This therapeutic drink is not just a refreshment but a natural homemade ORS solution that treats dehydration, intestinal disorders, and indigestion. An indispensable first aid to beat the heat stroke and loo. Shikanji is a hassle-free and instant energy-giving drink. Making Shikanji is a child's play and requires the most easily available ingredients.

Shikanji

INGREDIENTS

  • Lemon Juice

  • Sugar Syrup

  • Mint Leaves

  • Black Salt

  • Roasted Cumin

PROCESS

  1. Mix all the ingredients in chilled water, and add ice cubes and pudina leaves.

  2. Enjoy an instant one-step drink.

 

Plum Juice


Plum is a highly nutritious fruit that has a tangy sour taste. It is a rich source of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Plum is usually consumed raw or used in desserts or to make wine, smoothies, or shakes. Plum juice is great for your skin and relieves your stomach of intestinal disorders and also keeps the blood pressure in check.

PLUM JUICE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 kg soft plum

  • Black Salt

  • 100 gm Sugar

PROCESS

  1. Squash the plum and remove the seed

  2. Blend the pulp with peel in a mixer

  3. Strain the pulp of any excess residue

  4. Refrigerate the pulp in a freezer

  5. Defrost and add black salt, water, and ice cubes in a mixer

  6. Blend the mix and your juice is ready

  7. The frozen pulp can be used later by repeating the above step whenever you want to consume it.

 

Jaljeera


A tangy, salty, chilly aromatic summer drink consumed directly or as a golgappa filing. The drink is made with a powerful blend of spices and raw mangoes but is often available in powder form to make an instant zesty drink. This summer beater is a popular street drink and has digestive benefits.

Jaljeera

INGREDIENTS

  • Raw mango

  • Boondi

  • Mint Leaves

  • Corriander leaves

  • Sugar (half tsp)

  • Green Chili

  • Roasted cumin (bhuna jeera)

  • Black salt

  • Black pepper

  • Hing (Asafoetida)

PROCESS

  1. Boil whole raw mango

  2. Let it cool down

  3. Remove the peel and take out the pulp

  4. Add pulp with sugar to a mixer and grind to form a consistent paste

  5. Strain the mango paste with a strainer in a bowl

  6. Add mint leaves, coriander leaves, and green chili and blend them

  7. Add the above paste to the strained mango pulp

  8. Take a jar and add the following spices - black pepper, hing, roasted jeera, black salt

  9. Now add the pulp paste to the jar along with cold water and ice cubes

  10. Refrigerate for a while and consume chilled

  11. Garnish with some pudina leaves and boondi while serving

  12. This drink can be used as golgappa water by increasing the chili and pepper quantity.


Try these out and ditch the harmful aerated drinks or sugar-loaded packed juices and switch to homemade recipes. While you sip on these traditional drinks, explore our snack box housing artisanal snacks with local and authentic tastes to munch on. Our snack box has snacks from across the nation with a unique theme every month.





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