8 Coolest Homemade Drinks to Beat the Summer

The summer season in many parts of the world is accompanied by scorching heat and sweltering weather. We struggle to keep ourselves hydrated continuously. Laziness and slogging are common consequences of hot weather. Our heart seems to demand something refreshing and cool to quench our thirst.

The restaurants, eateries and the drink parlors tend to offer unlimited options of refreshment to attract the summer tanned people. Many mix artificial flavors and ingredients to the drinks. They do offer temporary relief but eventually, they are befitting our health.

Let’s explore some of the coolest homemade drinks which can be easily prepared and enjoyed. The preparatory time is less. The ingredients are commonly available in our houses. These drinks are common in most households in India.

Aam Panna (in colloquial Indian language) or Green Mango drink

Mangoes are available in plenty during the summer season in both raw and ripe form. The Green mango drink is specially prepared with raw mangoes. You can make it either salty and spicy or sweet. It is one of the perfect homemade drinks to enhance your digestion process. It contains essential vitamins like Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

Ingredients and Preparation

All the ingredients for the Green Mango Drink are available at cheap prices and in abundance in the local markets. You essentially need raw mangoes, sugar or salt, mint leaves, cardamom powder or cumin powder, cold water, and ice cubes. The mangoes need to be boiled sufficiently to make the pulp soft and spongy. The pulp has to be smashed and blended properly to get a smooth effect. You can either mix sugar syrup or salt, cumin or cardamom powder and mint leaves as per the taste. Mix cold water as per the number of glasses needed. Lastly, serve the chilled Aam Panna or the Green Mango drink with ice cubes.

Aam panna - Wikipedia

Lemonade

Lemon in water punched with soda, be it salty or sweet, is one of the refreshing and popular drinks in the hottest countries in the world. Lemon has the essential Vitamin C nutrient which protects our body from dehydration and heatstroke.

Ingredients and Preparation

The preparation is quite easy. It is recommended using water only for the drink. Many like to add soda to get the extra sour effect to the drink. The juice initially needs to be extracted from the lemon. Mix the lemon juice with cold water and add sugar or salt as per the taste. Make sure you stir the mixture properly. Some like to add mint leaves too get the cool menthol feeling.

How to Make Lemonade: 14 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow

Coconut Water

Coconut water is very effective during the summer season and is one of the healthiest homemade drinks in India. It is recommended to consume coconut water throughout the year. Coconut water three very essential minerals required in our body, sodium, magnesium, and potassium. It keeps our body hydrated. And the best part is you don’t have to invest any effort in the preparation.

Ingredients and Preparation

None. Simply walk outside and search for a green coconut seller at the roadside. Choose the one you like, some prefer a coconut full of water and some prefer half water with some pulp into it. Pay the price and enjoy the natural drink.

Coconut water - Wikipedia

Mango Milk Shake

This is one of the delicious homemade drinks to prepare during summer. It not only quenches your thirst but fills up your stomach to a certain extent. The smooth and creamy shake is a perfect delight after a tiring day.

Ingredients and Preparation

The preparation is quite simple and easy. You just need to cut the ripe mangoes into small pieces and put them inside a mixer-blender along with milk and sugar. The blender does all the job for you. You just need to ensure there are no chunks left to be mixed. The mixture needs to pour out smooth and consistent. If you want the drink a bit more exclusive, then you can add one scoop of ice cream at the top for that extra effect.

File:Mango Milkshake.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Iced Tea

Tea leaves or tea bags are generally found in all households, especially in Asian countries. Preparing tea is one of the common activities in any kitchen. You don’t need to buy any extra ingredients to prepare the drink. Just relax in the evening, invest a small amount of your time to ice up the drink and enjoy its flavour.

Ingredients and Preparation

Prepare black tea in the normal method. Remove the tea bags or strain the tea leaves. Cool the temperature of the tea prepared and keep it inside the refrigerator for a sufficient amount of time to get the chill effect. Alternatively, you can dip the tea bags or soak the tea leaves directly in cold water and then chill inside the refrigerator. The sugar syrup needs to be stirred along with the mixture as per the taste.

Tea - Wikipedia

Buttermilk

A very common drink and one of the coolest homemade drinks in India. It is available also in packed containers around the world. It is mainly made of yoghurt or curd and is excellent for digestion. The cool liquid creates a sensational chilling effect, relaxing our body from the summer heat.

Ingredients and Preparation

Yoghurt or curd is available very easily in the stores. Most of us prefer keeping yoghurt or curd in our refrigerators for daily consumption. In addition to aiding in digestion, it removes the toxic substances from the body. The only effort you need to invest is in blending. Blend the curd or yoghurt with cold water in equal quantities. Then add ginger juice, black salt, cumin powder, and curry leaves into the mixture and stir it well. You can add some ice cubes to get the extra chill effect.

Buttermilk - Wikipedia

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon, a juicy reddish fruit, with its many nutrients benefits our body in innumerable ways. It includes several vitamins like Vitamin A, B and C and minerals like potassium and magnesium. The high water content in watermelons prevents dehydration. The nutrients help in controlling blood pressure and heart diseases. It also prevents stomach inflammation and assists indigestion.

Ingredients and Preparation

The only tough part in preparing watermelon juice is to remove the seeds from the pulp. Once done then the process is quite simple. You need to just blend the pulp and gulp it. Well, of course, many like to enjoy the additional effect of ice cubes or black salt. So go for it and enjoy the super healthy drink at your home.

How To Make Watermelon Juice - Wiki Juices

Wood Apple Juice

Many of us are not aware of the benefits of wood apple. Wood apple tends to get neglected many a time. The fruit has a load of benefits at its disposal starting from protection from dysentery, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion and even respiratory diseases.

Ingredients and Preparation

 Scooping out the pulp from the hard covering of wood apple takes a bit time. In addition to that, you need to remove the seeds from the pulp. Once done blend the pulp properly since its quite thick. The other small effort we need to make is to sieve out the fibers from the juice as those prevent the smoothing effect. You can mix some ice cubes to experience the chill effect.

File:Wood-apple-juice.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

All the above summer drinks mentioned can be prepared comfortably at your home. So what are you waiting for? Beat out the heat with the chilling homemade drinks. Relax and refresh your body from the burning heat of the summers.

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Kuntala

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16 thoughts on “8 Coolest Homemade Drinks to Beat the Summer

  • May 30, 2021 at 4:14 pm
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    These all sound really good. I’m a big fan of lemonade and coconut water. I definitely want to try the others, too.

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  • May 30, 2021 at 7:35 pm
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    I love most of the things on your list! Most especially that I need them for refreshment this summer! I haven’t tried buttermilk and wood apple juice yet. I bet that I’d like them, too!

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  • May 30, 2021 at 8:11 pm
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    Thank you for these recipes! It’s so hot here in the Philippines, we’ve made almost all of these drinks this week, except for the buttermilk.

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    • June 1, 2021 at 10:39 pm
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      It’s been very hot in the P.I., right? I feel the need to grab a refreshment all the time! But it’s good because we are now entering the rainy season.

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  • May 31, 2021 at 12:48 am
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    I do my own fresh lemonade everyday! I love citrus and refreshing drinks in general. I hope I can make some from this list soon.

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  • May 31, 2021 at 8:24 am
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    Lemonade is always my favorite drink and I love to mix it with ice tea and make an Arnold palmer. So good and refreshing.

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  • May 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm
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    such a soothing topic. tender coconut water n pulp are my fav on any day! 🙂

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  • June 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
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    Now I am craving for an authentic Philippine mango juice! Mango juice here in Australia have bland taste compared to the fresh and sweet taste mango from the Philippines.

    Coconut water is also great refreshment!

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  • June 1, 2021 at 3:52 pm
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    We often make fresh lemonade or orangeade throughout the summer, to which we add a little ginger and mint or lemon balm.
    But I was impressed by some ideas in your article, I will try them out, the first one will be a mango milk shake!
    Nina

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  • June 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm
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    each sounds perfect for summer! we have a cold front here, it feels like March so I can’t wait to get my hands on any of said drink to deal with hot weather (right now I am keeping myself warm with tea)

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  • June 2, 2021 at 12:09 am
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    wow so yummy!I love anything with mango ! I guess aam panna sounds so yumm!

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  • June 2, 2021 at 6:13 am
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    Sounds like some awesome drinks. I like having some refreshing drink ideas for the hot summer weather months.

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  • June 2, 2021 at 1:27 pm
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    I have never had a drink of buttermilk. I really only think of it as an ingredient to a recipe.

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