Beat The Heat With These 3 Refreshing Homemade Coolers
Packed with nutrients, these drinks will help you stay hydrated through the day
Summers can be long and dreary, and you can make some homemade coolers to beat the heat.
Here’s how you can make three refreshing summer drinks that are nutrient-rich and will help you stay hydrated through the day.
Spiced Sattu Buttermilk
Especially popular in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, sattu is usually made from chana or chana dal, which is dry-roasted and then pounded to a powder. Packed with fibre and protein, it’s great for digestion.
It’s a low glycemic index-food and therefore, people with diabetes can have it too. It’s also rich in minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium.
How to: In a mixer, take two tablespoons of sattu powder. To it, add three tablespoonfuls of yogurt, 2 cups of cold water, a pinch of rock salt, black pepper powder, roasted cumin powder and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Whizz until mixed well. Pour in a glass, add ice cubes and serve it garnished with chopped fresh mint or coriander leaves.
Iced Green Tea
There are innumerable health benefits of green tea. It is packed with antioxidants, with some studies linking regular consumption of green tea to lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
But in the scorching heat, having a steaming cup of tea may get difficult. Try this cold option.
How to: Steep a green tea bag of your choice—plain or flavoured—in hot water for five minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of honey if you like it a little sweet. Let it cool down. Add a dash of lemon, stir. Pour in a glass and add ice cubes. Serve it cold, garnished with mint.
Orange and Ginger Pop
This delicious drink makes for a great mocktail that you can enjoy with your family in the evening. While the antioxidant-rich fresh orange juice is packed with vitamin A and potassium, ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. Together, they are a match made in mocktail heaven.
How to: Juice two oranges. In a grinder, put a 2-inch ginger piece and two tablespoons of water. Pulse till it becomes a paste. Sieve the ginger juice. Mix the orange juice and the ginger juice well and add a pinch of rock salt and a dash of lemon juice. Pour this mixture in glasses and top it up with soda and ice. Garnish with basil or mint leaves.