Indian Summer Drink Recipes

As the temperature around you soars, cool off with these summer chillers!

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    Cool Off With Delicious Thandai. Image © Aparna Balasubramanian/ Wikimedia Commons
    This North-Indian drink is made especially when the hot, dry summer winds blow through the region leaving everything and everybody parched. This thirst-quencher is tasty and cooling.
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    Mango Lassi
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    Mango Lassi is the perfect cooler on a hot day. You can add extra sweetness to it (if you like) with sugar or honey.
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    Pina Colada Lassi

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    An Indian twist on a hugely popular western drink! This recipe was invented by a close friend of mine.
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    Blueberry smoothie
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    This lush, creamy drink is sure to impress whoever you make it for! It is a terrific summer thirst quencher!
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    Nimbu Paani
    Spiced Indian Style Lemonade - Nimbu Paani. Image © Westend61/ Getty Images
    Lemonade with an Indian twist!
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    Delhi-Style Cold Coffee
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    If you think this a strange name for a drink, you may not be alone! The reason I named it this (I was considering Connaught Place Cold Coffee!) is that this is where I am told it originated. For all it's fancy name you'd think it was tough to make. You couldn't be farther from the fact. Delhi-style Cold Coffee takes all of 2 minutes to prepare!
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    Badam Milk
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    Delicately flavored with cardamom, the nuts in this chilled, cooling drink don't just make it tasty, they pack a mighty nutritious punch too!
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    Kayree Panha
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    Made with fresh raw mangoes, abundant in the summer months, Kayree (raw mango) Panha is from the state of Maharashtra in Western India. It is a sweet-sour-spicy drink!
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    Lemon Ginger Squash
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    This concentrate makes a really tasty, thirst-quenching drink that is perfect for summer! Make up a bottle of it and keep in your fridge for those hot days.
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    Gulab Ka Sharbat
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    On a hot summer's day, a tall, frosty glass of Rose Sharbat can really cool you off. Another nice way to have it is in a glass of cold milk.
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    Masala Chaas
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    This drink goes well with a meal. The asafetida and ginger in it aid digestion.