5 Super easy Summer Coolers Recipes

 

That perfect sip, cool or cold or frozen but all fresh. There’s something about the taste and touch of coolness that makes this summer feel like a breeze. Cool drinks have never gone out of style and never will. Granted, their costs have changed over the years, their looks and the cups/glasses they come in varies to suit a ‘statement’, and their flavors have exploded into a million different palate-pleasing blasts of frozen awesomeness. But what hasn’t changes is our love for that perfect cool sip.

So here are a few easy-peesy recipes to quench your thirst this summer:

Minty Lime Juice

Raid the Kitchen:

  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar or as required
  • 2 tbsp muddled mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp rock salt

lemonade

Do what:

  • For those of you who are wondering what muddling is, just crush the mint leaves with a pestle in a bowl or glass. This technique is often used while preparing cocktails.
  • Mix together all the ingredients in a large jug with the help of a hand blender or you may give it a slight whip in your mixer.
  • Add lots of ice cubes in the jug and serve chilled in tall glasses. You may also add some round slices of lime in the jug for visual appeal.

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Mint Panna (Raw Mango Squash)

Raid the Kitchen:

  • 6 raw mangoes
  • 4 tbsp Sugar or as required
  • Black salt for taste
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • Muddled mint leaves (optional)

Mango panna

Do What:

  • Add little water and pressure cook raw mangoes with skin for 2 whistles.
  • Remove skin and stone (if any) and put the pulp in a blender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except mint.
  • Blend well and pour in a jug. You can store this squash for a month in the refrigerator.
  • For serving, add chilled water and some ice cubes and mint. Mix well.
  • Coat the rim of the serving glass with rock salt and serve.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

Raid the Kitchen:

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup tea decoction (cooled)
  • Sugar as required
  • 1/4 cup lemonade
  • Lemon wedges and some pomegranate kernels for garnish

iced tea

Do What:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a glass jug. Add lots of crushed ice and some chilled water.
  • You can replace tea decoction with the store bought ice-tea mixes. In that case, skip the sugar too.
  • You can also try different flavors like peach, apple, strawberry by replacing the juice.
  • Serve chilled in tall glass.

Fruit Sangria

Raid the Kitchen:

  • 2 cups grape juice
  • 1 cup soda
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 2 cups fresh fruits finely chopped (apple, orange, sweet lime, grapes)
  • Mint for garnish

Fruit Sangria

Do What:

Sangria is traditionally made with red wine but the summer cooler can be enjoyed with grape juice too.

Add all the ingredients and lots of crushed ice. Tastes best if prepared a few hours in advance. You can add the soda just before serving.

Serve chilled in wine glasses.

Watermelon Cooler with a Twist

Raid the Kitchen:

  • 1 cup watermelon diced
  • 1 cup cucumber peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup Lemonade or soda
  • Rock salt or black salt for taste

Watermelon Cooler

Do what:

Puree the fruits in the blender with little water. Strain them in a jug.

Add the lemonade/soda and rock salt and serve.

There are several recipes that use preserves and syrups or squashes. I tried to stick to simple recipes so that its easy to try at home. Hope you enjoy making and sipping them too.

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Image Credit: illustir, bingbing, zappowbang, ajburstein, Free Digital Photos.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this… gonna really be handy this summer.

  2. gonna try!!

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