We are the people who love summer! Well not because of the weather surely but the ones who do- we will find you and- Anywho! There are so many things to enjoy; summer break (but let’s be honest, we’ve been on break for months now due to this quarantine), fresh fruit, ice cream, and of course, some icey-cold summer drinks. But unfortunately, the thing about summers is that the heat is almost unbearable, going well above 40°C daily.
Most of these drinks need ingredients that are already at home. And the best part? I’m super lazy, so these are tried and tested, EASY recipes. Let’s get started.
A simple lemonade is one of the most supreme summer drinks. Sipping on chilled, sweet, lemonade on a hot summer day counts among the few best things in life. And, it couldn’t be easier, so there’s no excuse.
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2-3 cups Cold Water
I used to think the recipe was to just mix lemon with water but nah… First, you’re going to mix the sugar and the 1 cup of water in a pan, mix it, and bring it to a simmer. Stir the mixture until the sugar completely dissolves. While this is happening, you’re going to juice your lemons. You’ll probably need anywhere from 10 – 15 of those tiny lemons you already have sitting at home. Keep juicing those lemons until you have around 1 cup of lemon juice. Now, put both the sugar mixture and lemon juice in a jug. Add 3-4 cups of cold water and mix the beverage. Definitely add ice to make a crisp, chilled, tangy lemonade.
2. Mango Lassi
Two things we Pakistanis love in summer are Lassi and Mangoes! The best combo ever. There are a few versions of mango drinks. I, myself, love both mango milkshakes and mango lassi. But I think mango lassi deserves to be on this list a little bit more.
- 1 cup plain Mango Yoghurt
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 Mango, chopped
- 4 teaspoons Sugar
Mix the chopped mango, yoghurt, milk, and sugar into a blender. And that’s actually it. If you’d like to get a bit fancier, sprinkle some cardamom over your lassi. Pour it into glasses, over ice, and there you have it.
3. Spicy Lemon Soda
Again- this is so easy! This one’s no different. And it’s a great crowd-pleaser, the Pakistani awaam loves masala, so this is a hit for sure.
- 1.5 litre of a White Fizzy drink
- 1 cup Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Chaat Masala
- A handful of Mint
Pour 2 cups of the drink, 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of chaat masala, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper in a blender and blend away. Add the remaining white fizzy drink to a pitcher. Once blended, add the mixture to the pitcher as well, throw in a handful of mint and ice. That’s all there is to it folks. No one is stopping you from adding the max of masala!
4. Cookies and Cream Milkshake
This is for all the diet-conscious people like me. I take my diet very seriously- I make an exception for this. Every. Single. Time. It’s too good to pass up. I’ll write this recipe out for one person, I mean, I’d probably drink more if I make a larger amount. This is one of the ultimate summer drinks for refreshment and fulfilling your desire for cookies!
- 1 cup Vanilla Icecream
- 3 Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits
- 1 cup Milk
Literally, throw this all in a blender, and blend until the oreo biscuits are minute particles. Pour it into a glass, add a straw in there, and sip that right up!
5. Strawberry Daiquiri
We are over the strawberry season guys but still! You can substitute this with almost any fruit such as peach, guava, whatever you’d like. And of course, it’s non-alcoholic (I really don’t need to mention that, right?).
- Spicy Lemon Soda
- 2 cups Frozen Strawberries
Can we rewind to beverage #4? When you’re blending the ingredients for the lemon-lime soda, you can add the 2 cups of frozen strawberries and take away the chaat masala and black pepper. It should be a chunky sort of consistency. Once blended, move it to a pitcher, add to the rest of the sprite as well, and some ice. Thank me later.
6. Mint Margarita
A classic. We overpay for this drink at restaurants all the time. But it’s so easy to make at home, it doesn’t make sense to pay 300 rupees for it. Summer drinks are all for refreshment and this is the main one to help you do that.
- 1.5 liters White Fizzy Drink
- 2 handfuls of Mint
- 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
Add 1 cup of the white fizzy drink, 2 handfuls of mint, and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a blender. Blend until the mint particles are quite small. Add this to a larger pitcher with the rest of the white fizzy drink. No excuse now, there’s nothing quicker than this drink!
7. Classic Sharbat
Whoever said Sharbat is only a Ramadan drink – because it most definitely is not! We don’t have to abide by societal pressures which limit our drinking of this beverage the other 11 months of the year especially making it count in our summer drinks! I don’t have to tell you guys how to make it right? Cause that’d be kind of embarrassing… But here you go nonetheless:
- 3 tablespoons of Red Sweet Syrup
- Chilled Water
- Basil Seeds (optional)
- Sugar (add to taste)
- 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
I’m not going to mention how much sugar you need, because everyone is sooo critical about how sugary or not sugary this drink should be! But mix everything in a pitcher until it’s well dissolved. If you’d like to add basil seeds, make sure you soak them 20 minutes earlier. Add ice to put the tarka of a summer drink and there you have it.
8. Peach/Mango Smoothie
It’s mango season!!! And peach season!!! Smoothies are the best for a refreshing summer drink. This is a crossover between a smoothie and a milkshake, but that’s not important. What’s important is that it’s delicious. And here’s how to make it:
- 1 Peach, chopped
- 1 Mango, chopped
- 375 ml Milk
- 2.5 tablespoons of sugar
Mix it all in a blender. And, that’s all. Literally it. Add ice cubes to chill.
9. Watermelon Juice
I didn’t really want to add this, to be honest, but there should be at least one healthy, nutritive drink in this list. And I mean, it is watermelon season so why not make a summer drink out of it. So, if you’re calorie conscious and health-conscious in general, this ones for you. Watermelon is rich in vitamin A, C and potassium.
- 1/3 small Watermelon
- 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
Scoop up the watermelon and put it into a blender, put the lemon juice in as well. If you like it extra sweet you can add sugar, but that defeats the purpose of this oh-so-healthy drink. And that’s all!
There you have it, folks. Comment below when you guys try these recipes out and let me know what you think.
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