SO, the summer is here! And the only nice thing you’ve probably loved about it is your entitlement to drinking refrigerated water, guzzling cans & bottles of aerated beverages & lots of ice-cream! Oh well, I’ve been there, done all that a few years ago & you see you can never get enough of blaming it on your throat. But, are beverages labelled with the statutory “Contains No fruit” what you love calling your summer drinks?

Really?

With all the health talk around soft drinks that aren’t too ‘soft’ on your health, there certainly is a call we need to take. To break free from the detrimental shackles of obesity, diabetes, metabolic issues, cancer, dental erosion & Oh! Every research will append a new disease to the list.

Or if you thought your favorite packaged juice brand offered you the best ‘fruit’ nutrition besides quenching your summer thirst, here’s a discussion that I took up sometime ago. Concentrates laden with preservatives & artificial flavors really do not make up for summer drinks you deserve.

3 Summer Drinks you just can't skip

So, here are some easy, quick & irresistibly tasty summer drinks you can make at home. And they have the best takeaways for you:

  1. Better Health
  2. Improved Metabolism
  3. No risks associated with added sugar, corn syrup, chemical flavors & preservatives (integrally included in packaged juices & aerated drinks)

Summer Drink# 1 : Spiced Indian Buttermilk

Summer drinks Spiced Buttermilk

Buttermilk has its splendid share of various health benefits, here’s a simple recipe to make a spiced version of it. If you’d want to learn to make the authentic Indian buttermilk, you can check out this post. Alternatively, you could mix about 300g of yogurt with a quantity of water to dilute it to being it to your desired consistency.

But NO! You don’t make buttermilk by mixing butter & milk like many people think!:-)

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Spiced Indian Buttermilk


Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Ashvini Naik

Ingredients

  • 400 ml Buttermilk
  • 5 nos. Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Grated ginger
  • 1 no. Green chilly (slit) (optional)/replaced with 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 5 nos. Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) powder

Instructions

  1. 1. Prepare the buttermilk

    2. In a tempering pan, add oil & all the above ingredients (except for salt & coriander leaves).

    3. Pour this tempered lot over the buttermilk.

    4. Add salt as per your taste

    5. Garnish with coriander leaves.

    6. Serve chilled.

What’s great about this drink?

  1. The combination of ginger & garlic in this drink aids better digestion after an overwhelming spicy meal. Thus, it prevents bloating if consumed after a sumptuous meal.
  2. Buttermilk itself is a great drink that fights acidity or heartburn.
  3. It has an amazing cooling effect on your body, which is what summer drinks are meant for!
  4. It’s really tasty!

Summer Drink# 2: Kokum Sherbet/Solkadhi

Summer Drinks - Sol Kadhi Kokum Sherbet

The Kokum fruit is very much a part of the western coastal cuisine of India, particularly in Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa. It’s quite used to make the usual curries & beverages, mostly variants of summer drinks. This drink is traditionally called, “Sol-Kadhi” or simply Kokum Sherbet, which uses the dried Kokum fruit as its main ingredient. Apart from the fantastic sweet & tangy taste, its color is deep enough to entice your senses!

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If you do not have access to buying the dried Kokum fruit near you, you could find it here.

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Sol-Kadhi/ Kokum Sherbet

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 2
Author Ashvini Naik

Ingredients

  • 150 grams Dried Kokum
  • 2 glasses Water
  • 2-3 nos. Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 no. Green chilly (slit)
  • 3 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. 1. Soak the dried Kokum in 2 glasses of water for an hour. Strain & discard the pulp.

    2. To this, add all the above ingredients & mix well.

    3. Serve chilled.


Recipe Notes

Some people like to add coconut to Sol-Kadhi, which renders it a more naturally sweet taste. In that version, you could skip adding sugar to it.

 

What’s great about this drink?

  1. Kokum (Garcinia Indica) is known for its various medicinal properties, such as fighting acidity, indigestion, flatulence, constipation & skin problems.
  2. It makes a healthy & refreshing drink!

Caution – Please do NOT add milk to the Kokum juice to try a variant.

Summer Drink #3 : Lemonade with Sweet Basil/Sabza Seeds

Summer drinks sweet basil sabza seeds lemonade

Credit – www.sailusfood.com

Sweet Basil seeds are widely available in India & constitute a part of many health drinks, & even the major Indian-favorite drink, Falooda.

According to nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Sabza seeds are rich in antioxidants, help in controlling diabetes & is also good for your skin. They are hard to chew, so do not take them raw. Itโ€™s best to soak them in water before consuming, which makes them more gelatinous. It is recommended to have at least two teaspoons every day to gain health benefits.โ€

If you don’t find Sabza seeds at stores near you, you can get it by the best brand R.R.Agro here.

I had first come across this recipe on SailusFood & I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the taste! However, I add sugar directly to the drink instead of concocting the sugar syrup in order to make it quick & save myself a bit of time.

Here’s how to make a simple lemonade with a dash of Basil seeds to add some great health benefits.

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Sabza/Sweet Basil Seeds Lemonade

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2
Author Ashvini Naik

Ingredients

  • 2 Glasses Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Sabza seeds (soaked)

Instructions

  1. 1. In a vessel, add all the above ingredients & mix well.

    2. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

If you want to consume this drink immediately, you could add ice cubes too.

ย What’s great about this drink?

  1. Basil seeds give away to a high metabolism & thus will help you if you’re on a weight loss regime/diet. So, combined with lemon juice, it makes this drink a perfectly weight loss-friendly drink.
  2. These seeds are rich in fiber & thus will curb your cravings for junk or unhealthy snacks.
  3. This drink cools your body like a pro!
  4. It can relieve constipation & boost your immunity as well.
  5. Basil seeds are rich in antioxidants & are often useful to maintain a healthy & ageless-looking skin.

So, are you up for a HEALTHY & NATURAL summer this time?

Do try these recipes & let me know how you found them!

Wishing you a NO-MORE-SCORCHING summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

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