Summer is one such season that is awaited by all across the world. Its a time to rejoice, go to the beach, head to the water park with your friends and enjoy the season with cooling drinks. When it comes to summer drinks, we can easily count the Top 5 Indian favourites: Nimbu Pani, Lassi, Aam ka Panna, Kokum Sherbet and Kulfis! Well, favourites may vary from person to person but the following list has one for everyone.
Summer time means one has to look at ways of keeping cool. Always wear light clothing preferably cottons. Cottons breathe and help your skin breathe too. It is a misnomer that less clothes keep you cool. In fact major part of your body should be covered because this minimises the dehydration that can happen due to excessive heat. You may sweat a lot and your clothes may get wet with your perspiration but remember this helps keep your skin cool and moist too.
Secondly, drink plenty of fluids like Nimbu Pani with rock salt and honey; or try something different like Adrak Nimboo Pani; Lassi is nice and sweet and can be made in various avatars like Mango Lassi, Pedewali Meethi Lassi, Mixed Fruit Lassi. Chaas with rock salt and cumin powder is a wonderful drink and quite popular as an after meal digestive in western regions of India. Around the coastal lines, tender coconut water is the freshest and most natural drink to have. It replaces the lost salts in summer and you can dress it up too with the flavour of rose water. Look at Iced Tea with a hint of mint or iced milk mixed with a little water and garnished with saffron! Fresh fruit juices like those of watermelons, oranges or other fruit are high in the nutrition aspect. Aam ka Panna is an excellent summer drink especially to cure heatstroke. Drink at least eight glasses of clean, cool water per day. And how can we forget the sherbets: Kokum Sherbet from Maharashtra is worth mentioning as also the chandan sherbet and rose sherbet which is popular all over. Rose Sherbet on Kulfi Falooda takes on a different plane when it comes to the Top 5 Indian summer coolers.
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