As the days are getting hotter and hotter, we all start drinking more liquids and want to try something different to cool us down. Indian summer heat is well known outside of the country, so what better way to beat the scorching sun than to drink some of the coolest and tastiest Indian summer drinks? Not only will they lower your body temperature, but they will also make your taste buds tremble with delight. Ready? Here are the three best cooling drinks from India you should try right now.
Lassi is one of the most recognized Indian drinks in the world. It’s made from curd and can be served salty or sweet, depending on your mood and eating habits. You’ll be surprised to find out that most Indians prefer unsweetened Lassi that usually comes with black salt, mint or coriander leaves, and asafoetida. Still, for many people, sweet Lassi is the number one drink to cool down in summer. Sweet Lassi comes in different flavours - plain, mango, papaya, banana, mixed fruit, and whatnot. Mango Lassi is a drink you’ll fall in love with at first sip – it’s so good!
The word ‘thandai’ literally means ‘cold’ or ‘cooling’ in Hindi, so this staple summer drink should definitely be on your must-try list. Thandai is a spicy cold drink prepared with milk, saffron, and sugar or jaggery (the latter is healthier). To make it you’ll need to create a special paste made from ground nuts and spices like cardamom, peppercorns, watermelon seeds, poppy seeds, and fennel seeds.
You should mix the paste and sugar with hot boiling milk and let it sit for at least one hour so the milk absorbs all the flavours. You should then strain the mixture, add saffron, let it cool down in the fridge, and serve it with some saffron and seeds on top.
Bael Ka Sherbet
This is one of the tastiest drinks in the world, but it’s hard to try it outside of India. Bael or wood apple is a delicious fruit that can be found in India and in some Southeast Asian countries. It has a very light fresh taste that is barely sweet and an amazing cooling effect, which makes it the perfect fruit for summer. Bael ka Sherbet is basically bael juice, sprinkled with some lime juice for an even better taste.