Summer is finally here, and that means it's time to cool down with some refreshing drinks. Whether you're lounging by the pool, hosting an outdoor feast, or just looking for a tasty way to beat the heat, there's nothing like a cold, thirst-quenching beverage to help you relax and enjoy the season. In this blog post, we're going to delve into three delicious and unique summer drinks with a desi twist, that are sure to satisfy your thirst and taste buds. We'll start with a refreshing grape mojito drink that's perfect for those who love a sweet and tangy flavour. Then, we'll explore a hibiscus iced tea that's both refreshing and energising, with a tangy citrus kick. Finally, we'll finish off with a tropical mango shikanji that's smooth, and bursting with fruity goodness with a hint of savoury masalas.
These three summer drinks not only taste amazing but are also packed with essential nutrients and vitamins to keep you healthy and hydrated during the hot summer months. Whether you're hosting a backyard picnic, lounging by the pool, or simply looking for a tasty way to cool down and get rejuvenated, these summer drinks and non-alcoholic drinks are perfect for surviving summer. So, get ready to sip on some delicious summer drinks and juices and beat the heat with these refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Let's dive in and discover the perfect thirst quenchers for a perfect summer day!
1. Grape Mojito
Grape mojito is the ideal seasonal drink which is as tasty as it’s healthy. The fruity mojito is a refreshing and flavourful mocktail that is perfect for the summer season. This fruit drink is made with fresh black grapes, lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, and soda, creating a sweet and tangy taste that's perfect for hot weather. The advantages of drinking grape mojito include the ability to cool down the body, hydrate it, and provide a burst of energy. The fresh grapes used in the drink are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, making it a healthy option as well. Additionally, the mint leaves used in the cocktail help to soothe the stomach and promote digestion.
- Black Grapes- 8 pieces
- Lemon Slices
- Mint leaves
- Sugar Syrup- 30ml
- Crushed Ice
- Soda Water- 150ml
a) In a glass, add a handful of black grapes, a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves, and a tablespoon of sugar syrup.
b) Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently crush and mix the ingredients together until the grapes are well-macerated and the mint leaves release their aroma.
c) Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the glass and stir well.
d) Fill the glass with crushed ice, leaving some space at the top.
e) Top up the glass with soda water, and stir again to combine all the flavours.
f) Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint leaves and a few halved grapes on top, and serve your homemade grape mojito chilled and enjoy!
2. Hibiscus Iced Tea
Hibiscus iced tea with pineapple and orange is a tasty and refreshing drink that offers a wide range of health benefits. The combination of hibiscus tea, pineapple, and orange creates a unique and delicious flavour that is both sweet and tart. Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants, which can help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote overall wellness. Pineapple and orange are both excellent sources of vitamin C, which can help support the immune system and promote healthy skin. Together, these ingredients make for a nourishing and delicious non-alcoholic beverage that is perfect for a hot summer day. Whether enjoyed on its own or as a refreshing accompaniment to a meal, hibiscus iced tea with pineapple and orange is a great way to stay hydrated and nourished.
- Pineapple Juice- 20ml
- Orange Juice- 20ml
- Sugar- 1.5 tsp
- Ice Cubes
- Soda Water- 100ml
- Hibiscus Tea- 30ml
a) In a glass, mix 20ml of pineapple juice, 20ml of orange juice, 1-2 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste), and the juice of half a lemon. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
b) Add a handful of ice cubes to the glass. This will help keep the drink cold and refreshing.
c) Pour in about 100ml of soda water. This will add a little fizz and extra refreshment to the drink.
d) Finally, pour in 30ml of hibiscus tea. You can make the tea by steeping 1-2 hibiscus tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Once the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature before adding it to the glass.
e) Stir the ingredients together one final time to combine everything. Serve and enjoy your delicious and refreshing hibiscus iced tea!
3. Mango Shikanji
Mango Shikanji is a refreshing summer drink that is not only delicious but also has several health benefits. Shikanji is a traditional Indian drink made with lemon juice, water, sugar, and spices. In this version, ripe mango pulp is added to the mix, giving it a fruity twist. Mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which boost the immune system, and they are also high in antioxidants. The drink is also a great source of hydration, keeping you cool and refreshed on hot summer days. The addition of spices like black salt and cumin aid digestion and can alleviate symptoms of heatstroke.
- Black Salt- 1/2tsp
- Black Pepper- 1/2tsp
- Roasted Cumin- 1/2tsp
- Chaat Masala- 1tsp
- Mangoes- 1/2no.
- Shikanji Masala- 1tsp
- Sugar- 1tbsp
- Mint Leaves
- Lemon Wedges
- Ice Cubes
- Water- 100ml
a) In a small bowl, mix together shikanji, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, and 1 teaspoon of chaat masala. Set the spice mix aside.
b) In a glass, add 1/2 cup of diced ripe mango, 1 teaspoon of the spice mix, the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste), and a few fresh mint leaves.
c) Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to mash and mix everything together well.
d) Add a handful of ice cubes to the glass.
e) Pour in 1 cup of water and stir everything together well to combine.
f) Pour the Mango Shikanji into a serving glass, garnish with some fresh mint and serve chilled.
Summer is a time for fun, relaxation, and of course, refreshing drinks. Our 3 seasonal fruity drinks are sure to quench your thirst and cool you down during the hot months. With a little bit of creativity and experimentation, you can even create your own signature drink that will impress your friends and family. And don’t forget to share them with us!