Summer is at its peak with the temperature increasing daily. When the heat is at its peak, the need to quench our thirst with something cold is also high. And what better way to quench this thirst with some of the best summer coolers to sip on throughout the day!
These homemade summer drinks are quick and easy to make. You can make these in large quantities and keep sipping on them throughout the day. Below listed are some of the best summer coolers to yourself hydrated and to cope with the heatwave.
Masala Chaas Recipe
At the top of our list of best summer coolers is Chaas! Chaas is one of the most popular homemade summer drinks made by churning yoghurt and cold water together. It is sometimes spiced with salt, cumin and green chillies. This summer homemade drink can be enjoyed along with meals and keeps your system cool from the inside. Chilled glasses of chaas on hot summer afternoons are an Indian family staple. Follow the Masala Chaas recipe below to enjoy it this summer-
- Mustard Seeds - ½ tsp
- Water - 1 cup, chilled
- Asafoetida - 1 pinch
- Green Chilli - 2
- Cumin Seeds ½ tsp
- Yoghurt (Curd) - 1 cup
- Curry Leaves - 5
- Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
- To start with this Masala Chaas recipe, firstly churn yoghurt and cold water in a vessel. Adjust the consistency accordingly.
- Now, add the tadka of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies and red chilli powder to the buttermilk.
- Add salt according to taste and serve it chilled.
Aam Panna Recipe
Next on our list is Aam Panna, one of the most delicious homemade summer drinks made from raw mangoes. This summer homemade drink is made by sweetening the boiled pulp of green mangoes with sugar or jaggery. It is later spiced with black salt and roasted cumin powder. Follow the Aam Panna recipe below to make one of the best summer coolers-
- Raw Mango - 3
- Water - 250 ml
- Cumin Powder - As per taste
- Mint - As per taste
- Sugar - 100 gms
- Sendha Namak - As per taste
- Salt - As per taste
- To prepare this Aam Panna recipe, add water along with sugar in a pan on medium flame. Boil and prepare the sugar syrup. Meanwhile, boil mangoes in another pan on medium flame.
- Once the mangoes are boiled, leave them to cool. Next, take out the pulp and peel off the skin and remove seeds. Keep aside the water that the mangoes were boiled in for further use. Strain the water and leave it to cool.
- Now, churn the mango pulp in a grinder.
- Next, add the sugar syrup in mango pulp and add nearly one teaspoon sendha namak, roasted cumin powder, ½ tsp salt and 8 to 10 basil or mint leaves.
- On a medium flame, cook till the pulp is dissolved in it. You can add the water (in which you boiled mangoes) to get better flavour. Cook it for another 5 minutes on low flame. Turn off the flame and leave it to cool.
- Once cooled, place it in the refrigerator.
- Garnish with dried basil powder and serve this Aam Panna recipe chilled.
One of the most tasteful and best summer coolers, Jaljeera is a savoury, spiced and tangy drink found in every corner of the country. Primarily popular in North India, this summer homemade drink is given a flavourful twist with simple spices like roasted cumin, pepper and black salt. Follow the below given Jaljeera recipe to make one of the most refreshing homemade summer drinks-
- Mint Leaves - ½ cup
- Lemon Juice - 6 tbsp
- Black Salt - 2 tsp
- Water - 8 cups
- Cumin Seeds - 2 tbsp
- Ice Cubes - As required
- Coriander Leaves - ½ cup
- Ginger - 2 tbsp
- Sugar - 4 tbsp
- Asafoetida - 1 pinch
- Tamarind - 2 tbsp, seedless
- Salt - 1 tsp
- To make this authentic Jaljeera recipe at home for summers, start by cleaning and washing the mint and coriander leaves. Then chop the leaves finely.
- Add chopped mint leaves, chopped coriander leaves, seedless tamarind, roasted cumin seeds, chopped ginger in a blender jar along with asafoetida, salt, black salt, sugar and lemon juice. Next, add 4 cups of water to the jar and blend the mixture until all the ingredients are completely blended together.
- When done, strain the mixture into a bowl through a sieve. Next, pour the mixture equally in the glasses and also pour the remaining water in the glasses, mix well.
- Put 2 to 4 ice cubes in the glasses to enhance the chillness and serve immediately.
Pista Lassi Recipe
Nothing beats the summer heat better than a tall glass of one of the most delicious homemade summer drinks, Lassi. Traditionally a North Indian beverage, this summer homemade drink is bound to make you feel rejuvenated. Follow the Pista Lassi recipe below to make one of the best summer coolers at home-
- Yoghurt (Curd) - 2 cups
- Black Cardamom - ½ tbsp
- Ice Cubes - As per taste
- Almonds - As per taste
- Sugar - 2 tsp
- Pistachios - 1 tbsp
- Milk - 1 tbsp
- Dry Rose Petals - As per taste
- To make this Pista Lassi recipe, start by finely chopping the pistachios or powder them in a blender.
- Take a bowl and add yoghurt to it. Add sugar to the yoghurt and mix well till the sugar is entirely dissolved.
- The ingredients are now all ready for the preparation of the Pista Lassi recipe. When it is time to serve, combine pistachios, yoghurt mixed with sugar, milk and black cardamom together.
- Now, whip all the ingredients together in an electric blender or a big bowl or jug using a hand blender/beater. Blend it till the lassi is light and frothy.
- Pour the prepared lassi into the serving glass and serve it with ice cubes. Garnish the delicious cold beverage with pistachios and almonds.
- You can garnish the Pista Lassi with dried rose petals as well, if you like.
Though this is a festive drink, this thick and luscious concoction also serves as a great summer homemade drink. Packed with nuts and flavoured with fragrant spices, it is one of the most enjoyable and best summer coolers. Follow the Thandai recipe given below to make one of the most flavourful homemade summer drinks-
- Water - 1 cup
- Sugar- as required
- Melon Seeds - 1 tbsp
- Aniseed - ½ tbsp
- Rose Water - ½ tsp
- Rose Petals - ¼ cup, dry
- Milk - 500 ml
- Almonds - 2 tbsp
- Poppy Seeds - 1 tbsp
- Green Cardamom - ½ tbsp
- Black Pepper - 1 tsp
- Fennel Seeds - 100 gms
- To make this Thandai recipe, firstly, soak the almonds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds and melon seeds in one cup of water for 30 minutes. For a creamy texture, soak the almonds overnight and then grind all these ingredients into a fine paste and keep aside.
- Now, bring milk to boil in a pan and add the saffron strands. Mix it well. Add sugar and simmer till the sugar melts. Grind the rose petals and black pepper to a fine powder. Add the saffron strands and the water in which it was soaked.
- Add the paste to the milk along with some cardamom powder. Mix well and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the flame and keep it at a normal room temperature.
- Refrigerate the thandai for 2 to 3 hours. Garnish it with some crushed rose petals, saffron strands and chopped almonds.
- Serve this Thandai recipe chilled along with some savouries.
Sattu Sharbat Recipe
Sattu Sharbat is amongst the famous homemade summer drinks from Eastern India, mainly Bihar. Sattu is a fine flour made with roasted cashews, almonds, millet, barley and chickpeas. This summer homemade drink is either enjoyed with buttermilk and a ripple of black salt, lemon, cumin and coriander leaves, or with sugary cold water. Follow the Sattu Sharbat recipe given below to make one of the best summer coolers at home-
- Water - 4 cups, chilled
- Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
- Cumin Powder - ½ tsp, roasted
- Mint Leaves - 2 tsp, chopped
- Black Salt - As per taste
- Green Chilli - 1, chopped
- Raw Mango - 2 tsp, grated
- To make Sattu Sharbat, add all ingredients in the quantities mentioned above in a jug and mix well.
- Serve in glasses along with some ice cubes.
- Garnish with more mint leaves, as desired.
Cold Coffee Recipe
Creamy, frothy and delish! Cold Coffee is definitely one of the best summer coolers to enjoy on a hot summer night! A great summer homemade drink, it can be enjoyed with vanilla ice cream or chocolate syrup. Follow the Cold Coffee recipe below to make one of the most popular homemade summer drinks-
- Milk - 2 cups
- Coffee - 2½ tsp
- Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Vanilla Ice Cream - 2 tbsp
- Ice Cubes - ½ cup
- To make this Cold Coffee recipe, put ice cubes in a blender jar and add coffee, milk, honey, cream and about 2 tbsp ice cream. If you like your cold coffee extra creamy, then add some fresh cream to the blender.
- Now, add some ice cubes to it.
- Once blended, pour the Cold Coffee into the glasses. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream and top it with some chocolate syrup, nuts and raisins, if you like.
- Enjoy this Cold Coffee recipe with some savoury delight!
Watermelon Cooler Recipe
Summers bring around some of the best produce and are the perfect time to relish some of the best summer coolers! This revitalising Watermelon Cooler recipe is the perfect summer homemade drink. Follow the below given Watermelon Cooler recipe to make one of the most succulent homemade summer drinks-
- Watermelon Chunks - 4 cups
- Basil Leaves - 2 to 3
- Club Soda - 2 cups
- Crushed Ice - As per taste
- To enjoy this Watermelon Cooler recipe, firstly place the watermelon chunks, lemon juice and basil leaves in a food processor and purée until smooth.
- Next, pour it into a mason jar jug and add the club soda to it. Mix well.
- Now, add the crushed ice. Garnish with a large basil leaf and a slice of lime.
- Serve this Watermelon Cooler recipe chilled.
Very popular in Goa and the Konkan region of India, Solkadhi is amongst the best summer coolers made with coconut milk and kokum. This summer homemade drink is best known for its digestive properties. Follow the recipe given below to make one of the most delicious homemade summer drinks-
- Kokum - 4
- Water - 2 cups
- Asafoetida - 1 pinch
- Salt - As required
- Coconut - 1 cup
- Garlic - 1 clove
- Green Chilli - 1
- Coriander Leaves - 4
- To prepare Solkadhi, start by soaking the kokum in a bowl half-filled with water along with asafoetida and salt. Keep it aside for some time.
- Grate the coconut and pour it in a blender along with garlic, chillies and a little water. Blend it to form a thick paste and squeeze the milk out of it with the help of a sieve. Keep it aside. Repeat the same procedure 1-2 times till you don't have the whole milk extracted from the coconut.
- Now, remove the soaked kokum from the bowl and add the blended coconut paste to it. Mix well and you will get a pink coloured Solkadhi.
- Garnish the Solkadhi with coriander leaves and serve cold.