Can you think of the best possible way to beat the ‘summer heat’? Imagine you are home after battling the scorching rays of the sun and are warmly greeted by a chilled Mojito or a delicious glass of mango milkshake! I can see the relaxing smile playing across the corner of your lips already! So, wouldn’t it be great to have a few ‘easy-to-make’ recipes up your sleeve that could satiate your taste-buds in a jiffy?
Worry not, we’ve got your back. While there are those who would love a sweet and detoxifying drink, there are also others with a taste for spicy masala drinks. Be it sweet or spicy, you’re sure to find your summer delight in here.
Have a great summer!
1. Watermelon Mojito
Who says that mojito needs to have alcohol in it? Watermelon Mojito is the best way to cool the heat down. It is healthy, nutritious and also available just anywhere and everywhere. Grab that Watermelon from the fridge and let’s start with our Watermelon Mojito.
- 3 cups chopped watermelon
- juice of 2 limes
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- crushed ice
- ginger ale
- club sodaM
- In a blender, blend watermelon, lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar until smooth.
- In the bottom of each glass, muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/4 teaspoon sugar.
- Add in watermelon puree, filling about 1/2 full.
- Add ice, a splash of ginger ale and top with club soda.
- Stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig and watermelon slice if desired.
- Now sit back and enjoy.
2. Pineapple Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)
Suppose you want something sweet, but it should be gingery and refreshing, then this is the right recipe for you. It’s nutritious and there isn’t anything artificial day. Enjoy your cold drink and relax on your couch. You can also grab your favourite snacks too. Bon Appetit!
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice,
- *1 oz fresh pineapple juice*,
- **1 oz ginger juice**
Instructions: Combine ingredients in a tin and shake very quickly with cold ice. Strain into a frozen Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with crystallized ginger and a lemon wedge.
*Instructions for pineapple juice: Make sure pineapples are very ripe; peel, core, and run through juicer; let the juice sit until the foam settles to the top; strain off the foam before mixing
**Instructions for ginger syrup: Combine 1-litre fresh ginger juice – roughly chopped ginger root through a juicer and fine strain twice – with 675g superfine sugar; stir vigorously to combine.
3. Mint Tea Punch
Fancy mint tea, but you want to try something new? Mint tea punch is a nutrition combination of tea, fruit juice and… health! Here is a recipe to detox your body from all that junk consumption and also nourish it with healthy vitamins and minerals. Enjoy your punch, mate!
- 3 cups boiling water
- 12 sprigs fresh mint
- 4 tea bags
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 5 cups cold water
- 3 orange slices for garnish (optional)
- 3 lemon slices for garnish (optional)
- Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large pitcher.
- Pour boiling water over them, and allow to steep for about 8 minutes.
- Remove and discard the tea bags and mint leaves, squeezing out excess liquid.
- Stir in sugar until dissolved, then stir in the orange juice and lemon juice.
- Pour in the cold water. Serve over ice cubes, garnished with orange or lemon slices.
4. Cucumber Lemonade
Cucumber are known for their being healthy and refreshing. Moreover, it is often used to cool down heat. Well, Lemonade is loved by all. Then why not combine it?
- 1 cup of water.
- 1/2 cup white sugar.
- 1 cucumber, sliced.
- 6 lemons, juiced.
- Make a simple syrup by stirring the water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat; heat until just about to boil and the sugar has dissolved. Place in refrigerator 30 minutes, or until cool.
- Place the cucumber slices in a blender or food processor; blend until mashed into a pulp. Pour the cucumber pulp into a fine mesh strainer place over a bowl to catch the liquid; allow to sit until you have about 2/3 cup of liquid from the cucumber, about 15 minutes.
- Stir the simple syrup, cucumber liquid, and lemon juice together in a pitcher. Serve cold.
5. Carrot-orange Mix
Carrots and Oranges, both are healthy. However, feeding children carrots can be a tiring task. What if we blend both together? Kids love oranges and wouldn’t be able to push away such a tasty drink. The ingredients too are easy to get and the process of making it easier.
- 2 pounds organic carrots, trimmed and scrubbed
- 8 organic oranges, peeled
Press carrots and oranges through a juicer and into a large glass and Tada! Your drink is ready.
Masala in the house
For those of you that crave for something tangy or something spicy, then these 5 recipes are especially for you. Sweet isn’t always favoured by everyone, there are people who enjoy a spicy hint to their punch. If this is what you want, then go ahead and try these refreshing masala drinks.
1. Pineapple masala drink
- 2 1/2 chilled roughly chopped pineapple
- 1/2 cup chilled chopped pineapple
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala
- 1 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/2 spoon black salt
- 1/2 spoon cumin seed (jeera) powder
- salt to taste
- Add the roughly chopped pineapple and water in the blender and blend till smooth.
- Transfer the mixture in a deep bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into 6 individual glasses. serve chilled,
2. Indian Spiced Buttermilk
Buttermilk is the best spiced-drink to enjoy during this season. Curd is as it is very healthy and nourishing. Furthermore, buttermilk is an effective cooling agent and helps in digestion as well.
- 3/4 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
- 1/4 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 1/4 teaspoon Chaat Masala Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Black Salt (Kala Namak)
- 1/8 teaspoon Ginger, grated
- 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon Black pepper powder
- Asafoetida (Hing), a pinch
- Salt, to taste
- 5 Mint Leaves (Pudina)
- Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, a few sprigs, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups Chilled water, (adjust)
How to make Masala Chaas Recipe – Indian Spiced Buttermilk
- To begin making the Masala Chaas Recipe take your serving glasses and chill them in the freezer for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Mix all ingredients including curd, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, black salt, ginger, green chilli, black pepper powder, asafoetida, salt, chilled water except coriander leaves and mint leaves. Use a hand blender until everything is mixed and is smooth.
- If desired – Take your chaat masala / Jeeralu in a plate. Now dip the rim of your chilled glass on it making sure that the masala is coated around the edge of the glass rim. This gives an interesting look at the presentation and makes it even tastier.
- Pour the Masala Chaas into your glasses. Top with chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves. You can also put in mint as a stirrer.
- Serve Masala Chaas Recipe along with Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma, Gatte Ki Sabzi and Kachumber Salad for a weekend lunch.
3. Masala Lassi
- 1/4 inch dry ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 cup yoghurt (curd)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 handful mint leaves
- Ice cubes if needed
- 1/4 teaspoon black salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
- salt as required
- 1 green chilli
- 1/2 cup water
- To prepare this delicious beverage, pour the curd in a big bowl or pitcher and beat it well
- Chop the mint leaves and green chilli into small pieces. Arrange all the other mixing ingredients as required.
- Transfer curd into the mixer-grinder. Add raw ginger, mint leaves, green chilli, red chilli powder, black salt, cumin powder, water, and salt (as required) in the mixer. Blend this mix until everything is well mixed.
- Pour the prepared Masala Lassi into a serving glass and top it with ice-cubes. Serve it cold.
4. Mango Masala Spiced Drink
- 2 cups sparkling water, or soda water
- 2 cups mango nectar
- 5-6 mint leaves, finely chopped
- 2 slices jalapeno pepper
- chaat masala, to sprinkle
- Sugar: 1-2 Tsp ( optional )
- Wash the mint leaves and chop them finely.
- Take a jalapeno pepper and cut two thin slices from it. The jalapeno that I used was quite spicy so a slice per glass was good enough. In case the one you have isn’t spicy enough, feel free to add more slices.
- Mix the sparkling water and mango puree in a jar. If using sugar, add that too.
- Pour into serving glasses, and sprinkle with chopped mint leaves, jalapeno slice [1 per glass] and chaat masala.
5. Spicy Guava Drink
Here is a Guava drink for those who fancy the fruit. It’s easy to make and also extremely tasty. Moreover, Who wouldn’t love a spicy guava drink? The drink is such that it is blended by the gods.
- Guava juice 2 cups
- Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
- Fresh mint leaves chopped 10-15
- Lemon juice 1 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
Place the red chilli powder, guava juice, mint leaves, lemon juice, salt and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into individual glasses and serve chilled.
These were our 10 fruit mocktails. However, there is a lot more you can try. If you are experimental, then go ahead and try something fun. After all, mocktails can never go wrong.
Source: Tarla Dalal, all recipes, Sanjeev Kapoor