InOnIt Guides: Summer Coolers You Can Make at Home

Summercoolers1Out with those beach hats, polka dotted bikinis, sunscreen (with an SPF of over 1,000) and Japanese fans. The summer breeze is already making its way to the city that never sleeps, while the radio agrees that it is in fact, getting hot in here! This calls for litres of hydrating methods to beat the scorching heat. Just the thought of that frosty layer of condensation on the outside of a glass of a cool iced drink makes you feel better when the sun is at its peak. So get your chef hats on, as we give you recipes, notes and tips on 5 summer coolers that will take you to Iceland and back with every sip! Sit back and relax, coolness is what we aim for with this guide.

Fruit Cooler – Summertime Love

This drink is all about freshness and brings sunshine in a glass. With chunks of peaches and pineapples infused in orange juice, get ready for the fruits to do a zesty tango in your mouth!

You require:

Fresh peaches (that have been frozen)


Frozen pineapple chunks


A good splash of orange juice (enough to make the blender go and bring the drink together)

You need to:

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until a smooth flowy mixture has formed. If you are using fresh fruit instead of frozen be sure to add a few ice cubes.

You will find similar drinks at:

While you get fruity drinks almost everywhere, we like the fresh fruits cocktails at Trikaya in Versova and juices in Smoke House Delhi.

Vegetable Cooler – Aboard The Blueberry Boat

Let every part of your body feel the coolness with a sip of this oh-so-invigorating drink. A deep lavender coloured drink that will have you salivating with that rich flavour of blueberries. Perfect for an afternoon lawn party. And a great way to increase the health quotient in your kids diet without compromising on taste.

You require:

1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries


1 cucumber, both seeded and peeled and cut into small pieces


1/2 cup of plain, low fat yogurt


1 cup of pear or white grape juice

You need to:

Blend all the ingredients together in a mixer. Serve the drink in a tall glass and garnish with mint leaves.

You will find similar drinks at:

The Bagel Shop in Bandra, Pishu’s in Andheri or Big Daddy in Parel.

Tea Cooler – Rose Petal Tea

Aromatic, this tea will open up your senses and calm your mind down. Perfect after a hard days work. Goes well with a nice read or some soothing music.

You require:

2 cups of fresh fragrant rose petals (about 15 large roses)

3 cups of water

4 tea bags


Honey for natural sweetness

A hint of limejuice

You need to:

Make sure that all roses must be free of pesticides. Do not use or eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or other sellers. The tastiest roses are usually the most fragrant. Once you’ve found the perfect roses, clip and discard the bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse the petals thoroughly and pat dry. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place the prepared rose petals and add tea. Cover with water and bring it to just a simmer; let it simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the petals become discolored or darkened. Remove from heat and strain the hot rose petal liquid into teacups. Add honey or sugar to taste.

You will find similar drinks at:

The Tea Centre in Churchgate, Café by the Beach in Chowpatty.

Milk based Cooler – Ma Ma Mia- Italian Style Milk Soda

Chocolate or strawberry, choose your sin and customize this drink to suit your taste. Great for a slumber party with your girlies on a summer night!

You require:

1/2 a cup of chilled chocolate or strawberry flavoured milk

3/4 cups of chilled orange soda

You need to:

Place 1/2 a cup of ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 1/2 cup of chilled chocolate or strawberry flavoured milk, then pour in the chilled orange soda. Sprinkle with long, thin orange peel strands and finely chopped semisweet chocolate to taste. Stir, and drink before the soda looses its fizz.

You will find similar drinks at:

Pizza by the Bay in Marine Drive, Leopold Café in Colaba

Dahi based Cooler – Beetroot Lassi

This one is a twist on the ever-so famous lassi, a drink synonymous to summer coolers. You can gulp down 3 glasses if you must, it’s got everything your body needs: beetroot to keep your blood pumping (great for hemoglobin), curd to curb the acidity and spices that are a rich source of minerals and vitamins!

You require:

1 small sized beetroot


1 small sized green chilli

1 stem of curry leaves

Salt to taste

Hing

Mustard seeds


Oil for tadka


2 cups of curd

1 ½ cups of water

You need to:

Take a little oil in a pan. Pop a handful of mustard seeds. Add hing, green chillies and chopped curry leaves. Add the chopped beetroot into it and sauté it for three minutes. Remove from pan and let it cool. Grind it a little coarse. Add the buttermilk, water and salt and blend well. Serve it chilled.

You will find similar drinks at: 

Pratap’s Dhaba in Andheri, Lassi Te Parronthe in Khar

Recipe references have been taken from:

Wholesomemommy.com, Freshfruitsmoothies.com, Whatscookingamerica.net, Mykitchentoyours.wordpress.com, Myrecipes.com

Image Courtesy: All-free-download.com, Wallpapersonly.net

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