7 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Refreshing Summer DrinksThe summer season requires lot of drinks to fulfill the body’s quenching thirst and dehydration. This is why we opt for making fruit juices and refreshing drinks to keep ourself full of energy.

Here we have a series of summer drinks that can make your body truly refreshing.

1. Cucumber Lemonade

Sliced Cucumber – ½ cup

Lemon – 1

Sugar – to taste

Slice the cucumber and take a puree of it. Add lemon juice to the cucumber puree. Add some sugar or honey to get some sweet flavor. This refreshing drink can get rid of the heat, as cucumber and lemon is a perfect combo for scotching summer.

2. Basil-mint Lemonade

Fresh Basil Leaves – 10

Mint leaves – 4

Cucumber – ¼ cup

Lemon juice – 1 ½ cups

Orange Wedge – 1

Combine all the ingredients together including the basil leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice, orange wedge and diced cucumber. Blend it in a mixer with ice. Serve chilled. The refreshing nature of the mint leaves and basil can make the summer heat subside a little.

3. Guava Green Tea:

Guava Juice – ½ cup

Green tea – ½ cup

Lemon

First, make guava juice with ripe guavas. Chop them to small pieces and using a blender, get a smoothie consistency. Now strain the seed grits with a strainer. Secondly, brew green tea at home with the tea bags and keep aside until it cools down. Pour equal parts of guava juice along with the green tea. Add pieces of ice over it. You can also add a pinch of lemon to get a tangy taste.

4. Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate Juice – ½ cup

Water – ½ cup

Lemon wedge – 1

Ice – as required

This is indeed a quick recipe and takes less than 2 minutes to do. Add Pomegranate to a blender and take out the juice. Now add it with equal amount of water and squeeze the lemon wedge to it. Add ice and serve chilled. Pomegranate is said to be one of the nature’s best super foods. This juice gives a lot of energy and so can be a great alternative to artificial sodas giving a lesser calorie.

5. Citrus Sports Drink:

Water – 1 cup

Honey – 2 tbsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Orange Juice – 1 tbsp

Lemon – 1

Boil half a cup of water and add honey and salt to it. Stir it and let it cool down aside. Now squeeze the orange and lemon separately. To the remaining water, add the honey mixed water, along with the orange juice and lemon juice. Stir well and serve after refrigerating. This juice can indeed give you lots of energy during the summer time workout and activities.

6. Watermelon juice

Chopped seedless watermelon – ½ cups

Pomegranate juice – ½ cup

Lemon – ½

Mint leaves – 1

Add all the ingredients together in a blender and blend them until it comes out to a smooth consistency. Add ice and garnish it with mint leaves. This cooler drink is a best choice for summer time, to keep dehydration at bay.

7. Banakaaram

Tamarind Paste – ½ cup

Palm Jaggery  – ½ cup

Water – 1 ½ cup

Rose petals

First, melt the Palm jaggery in water and strain out the dirt. Mix it to the tamarind paste. Add water to it. Put few rose petals to the drink and serve.

This is indeed a typical tamil traditional drink, which is famous in south indian streets, during summer. It is such a refreshing thirst quenching drink, whose benefits are often overlooked.

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