5 Delicious Traditional Indian Drinks for the Summer

Remember being welcomed home by grandma with a fresh, delicious drink every day in the summers?! Most Indians would share this childhood memory, because no matter which part of the country you come from,there are some drinks that take you right back to your summer vacations. Just before you’d step out of the house to play, grandma would insist that you have one of these drinks, not just because these drinks were yummy, but also because they were healthy, refreshing, and rejuvenating.

Here are our favourite classic Indian summer drinks that will keep you hydrated, provide essential vitaminsand minerals, and replenish your electrolytes, all while being lip-smacking!

 

  1. AamPannais made from mangoes, a summer favourite throughout the ages! There are many variations of it across North India, which use either raw or ripe mangoes.

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Green Mangoes
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Rock Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Roasted Cumin
  • Mint Leaves
  • 2 cups Komin Natural Mineral Water
  • Ice Cubes

 

Recipe:

  • Boil the mangoes until they are thoroughly cooked and soft. Let them cool.
  • Once cool, peel the mangoes and squeeze out the pulp.
  • Blend the mango pulp with all the other ingredients, except the water.
  • Top up with 2 cups of Komin Natural Mineral Water.
  • Pour over ice and serve!

 

  1. NannariSarbath has its roots in Ayurveda and is one of the most incredible natural coolant. No wonder it is a go-to in the scorching, South Indian summers!

 

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams Nannari roots
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 litres of Komin Natural Mineral Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ice Cubes

 

Recipe:

  • Remove the inner stalk from the Nannari root, using a hammer. Throw away the stalks.
  • Wash the bark of the root thoroughly, to remove all the dirt.
  • Grind the roots to make a paste.
  • Cook the root with sugar, salt, and Komin Natural Mineral Water for 8 minutes, over a medium flame, in a pressure cooker.
  • Once the pressure is released, strain the mixture into a saucepan and reduce it to a thick syrup.
  • Once it cools, pour 3 tablespoons of the Nannari Syrup into a glass with ice cubes.
  • Squeeze half a lemon on it and top it up with Komin Natural Mineral Water.
  • Stir and enjoy!
  • You can store the concentrated syrup in the fridge for up to a month!

 

  1. Jal Jeerais not only a refreshing drink that keeps you hydrated in the hot summer days, it’s also a one of the most popular non-alcoholic digestifs from the Indian kitchen.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Cumin Seeds
  • 1 cup Mint and Coriander Leaves
  • 6 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 3-inch piece of Ginger
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • 2 tablespoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 litres of Komin Natural Mineral Water
  • Ice Cubes

 

Recipe:

  • Wash and finely chop the mint and coriander leaves.
  • Blend together all the ingredients except water and ice.
  • Add half the water to the paste and blend again.
  • Strain the mixture into glasses with ice cubes.
  • Top up with the remaining Komin Natural Mineral Water.
  • Stir and serve!

 

  1. Lassi, a North Indian summer staple, is a sweet, delightful yogurt drink, native to Punjab, and popular all over the world. It’s also super easy to whip up!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 2 cups of chilled Curd or Yogurt
  • Powdered Sugar, as per taste
  • 2 cups of Komin Natural Mineral Water

 

Recipe:

  • Whisk or blend the curd until completely smooth in consistency.
  • Add the sugar and Komin Natural Mineral Water to the curd, and blend.
  • Once you start getting a layer of froth on top, add the cardamom powder.
  • Blend again and serve!

 

  1. Kokum Sharbatis made from a sweet and sour fruit which grow only along the Konkan Coast. This popular summer drink is a great appetizer!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Kokum
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder
  • A pinch of Rock Salt
  • 2 cups of Komin Natural Mineral Water

 

Recipe:

  • Wash and deseed the Kokum fruits.
  • Grind the Kokum with a little water to make a paste.
  • Strain the Kokum paste and set aside.
  • Boil the sugar and Komin Natural Mineral Water, until you have a syrup of medium consistency.
  • Let the syrup cool and add the strained Kokum paste.
  • Add the cumin and cardamom powders to the concentrate and mix well.
  • Put two tablespoons of the Kokum concentrate in a glass.
  • Top up with Komin Natural Mineral Water.
  • Stir well and serve.

 

 

 

 

Here are some of our favourite traditional Indian summer drinks you can try making with Komin Natural Mineral Water. Tell us how they turned out at hello@kominwater.com

 

 

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