5 Desi Summer Drinks You Can Prepare At Home

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8:00 pm 27 Apr, 2014

Indian summers are famous for being intense and hot. The rising mercury makes all beings thirsty and looking for respite in chilled beverages of all kinds. The average soft drink fails to quench the thirst and only gives temporary relief. Like the seasons in India, we have drinks and food particular to every season. Our desi summer coolers have been around for centuries. They are refreshing, energy packed and extremely healthy. Easy to make with ingredients found at home, they are a hit with all ages. So here is a list of Indian summer drinks that you should serve next time you have friends over. And there is a twist to them that is sure to catch you by surprise.

5. Sherbet Khus ka

This emerald green drink has been handed down by the Mughals. It fights the hot breeze and chills you till the bones.


  • 45 ml London dry gin
  • 15 ml khus syrup
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml sprite
  • salt to pinch
  • ice
  • Lime slices or mint leaves to garnish
Fill a tall glass half way with ice. Now add gin, khus syrup and lime juice. A dd a pinch of the salt and fill it up with sprite. Serve with a lemon wedge or mint sprig as garnish.

Sherbet Khus ka

4. Shikanji Vodka wali

The retro Shikangi is sure to get a boost of life when served with a dash of vodka. It’s always a hit when served on a lazy Sunday afternoon to close friends.


  • 60 ml vodka
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 45 ml sugar syrup,
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp shikanji salt
  • ice
In a blender add vodka, sugar syrup, shikangi salt and sugar syrup. Blend well and keep aside. Now add ice to a tall high ball glass and pour this mixture half way. Top up with water and serve absolutely chilled. Garnish with the mint leaves.

Shikanji Vodka wali

3. Chatapati Bloody Mary

The inventor of Bloody Mary must not have imagined in his wildest dreams that we jugadu Indians will twist his drink some day.


  • 45 ml vodka
  • 150 ml guava juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 tsps Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ tsp Woscestershire sauce
  • Green chilli to garnish
Take a round glass with flat bottom for this drink. Rim the glass with red chilly powder and rock salt. Now fill three fourth of the glass with ice. Start by adding lime juice, Tabasco sauce, Worchestershire and finally guava juice. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on the top. Gently put the vodka and do not stir the drink. Garnish with the green chilly and watch out for everybody’s reaction.

Chatapati Bloody Mary

2. Tadka Pudina ka

Mint is known to have cooling properties and is used in many Indian dishes. When added to a beverage it makes it refreshing and fresh.


  • 45 ml white rum or vodka
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 6 lemon wedges
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 pinch chaat masala
  • ½ tsp roasted jeera
  • 1 pinch rock salt
  • 1 pinch chilli powder
  • Sprite or Soda to top up
Crush the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a high ball or Tom Collins glass. Now add the dash of rum or vodka, chaat masala, jeera, chili powder and rock salt. Add the crushed ice on top. Now fill the glass with soda or sprite. Stir and serve ice cold.

Tadka Pudina ka

1. Daiquiri Kale Khatte wali

The drink looks irresistible in its dark pink hues and tastes phenomenal too. It is ideal for serving on a day when nothing else will do, besides the reliable Daiquiri.


  • 45 ml white rum
  • 30 ml Manama blackcurrant crush
  • 15 ml kala khatta syrup
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • pinch of black salt
  • garnish 4-5 mint leaves
Take out your most favorite crystal glasses for this drink. Dip the rims of the glasses in black salt. Now fill a blender with at least two portions of crushed ice and pour rest of the ingredients in it.  Blend well till it becomes slushy. Pour into the glasses and garnish with mint.

 Daiquiri Kale Khatte wali

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