In the sweltering October heat, staying refreshed is essential. While plain water is the most straightforward hydrator, there are numerous traditional and innovative beverages in India that can quench your thirst and offer a burst of flavor. Here’s a list of 5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat:
A tangy concoction, jaljeera is not only refreshing but also aids digestion. Made with cumin powder, mint, tamarind, black salt, and water, this drink is both cooling and flavorful. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve chilled.
2. Watermelon and Ginger Drink:
This drink combines the hydrating qualities of watermelon with the kick of ginger. To make this, blend watermelon pieces until smooth. Strain the juice and add a pinch of grated ginger, a squirt of lemon juice, and a touch of black salt. Serve over ice for added refreshment.
3. Spiced Buttermilk (Masala Chaas):
Buttermilk is an excellent coolant and digestive. To make masala chaas, blend yogurt with water, salt, roasted cumin powder, black salt, and finely chopped coriander leaves. Chill before serving. A glass of this after a meal can be extremely refreshing.
4. Cucumber and Mint Cooler:
A detoxifying drink that’s perfect for hot days. Blend cucumber slices with fresh mint leaves. Strain the mixture and add sugar, lemon juice, and black salt. The coolness of cucumber and mint makes it a perfect drink to rejuvenate you on a sunny day.
5. Mulberry Sharbat:
This luscious drink is not as common as the others but is equally delightful. Blend mulberries to extract their juice. Add a bit of sugar or honey, depending on your taste, and a dash of lemon to balance the sweetness. Serve it chilled and enjoy the numerous health benefits of mulberries.
The richness of Indian beverages offers a drink for every palate. Whether you prefer something tangy, sweet, or spiced, there’s a cooler ready to rescue you from the October heat. So, the next time the temperature rises, try one of these drinks and enjoy a burst of refreshment.