While cola companies have stormed into the Indian market and make the most of summer heat, the traditional Indian summer coolers continue to evolve and still is the favorite for most Indians.
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Nannari is known to be one of the most famous summer chillers of South India. Made by crushing the roots of Sarsaparilla and boiling them in hot water to get a concentrate. Jaggery syrup, chilled water and a hint of lime are then added to this concentrate to get the final beverage.
These roots are termed to have medicinal properties and are sold across Ayurvedic stores in India
2. Madurai Jigarthanda
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Evident from its name, with Jigar meaning Heart and Thanda meaning Cool, this Madurai special drink is considered soothing to heart. Ingredients present in it are natural body coolants, and in tropical climate like India, it becomes as a perfect summer drink.
Though it is very popular among the push-cart sellers, nowadays even hotels and restaurants provide this refreshment.
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Piyush is an exotic drink not only by name that means “Amrit” or the drink of the God’s but by taste too. Piyush is a something that almost all Maharashtrians love. Some may find it a tad too sweet if authentic recipe is followed, but one can adjust it to the sweetness of one’ choice.
4. Aam Panna
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Aam Panna is an Indian drink renowned for its heat resistant properties. It is made from green mangoes and it is used as a tasty and healthy beverage to fight against the intense Indian summer. Apart from being tasty this drink also looks good due to its refreshing light green colour. Aam panna which is prepared using raw mangoes, sugar and an assortment of spices is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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SAMBARAM (Buttermilk), also known as Chaach in North India, is a very refreshing natural drink. This is one drink every Keralite would have had some time or the other for sure. A drink that cools the body during the summer seasons and that existed even before the soft drinks came about. Being a totally healthy option, the aroma and taste it carries is truly amazing. It is salty and lightly spicy, and a must for any sadhya or the lavish South Indian thali. It is said to improve digestion as well
6. Sol Kadi (Konkani Kokum Drink)
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Sol Kadi is drink which is made from Kokum and coconut milk. Sol kadi cools down digestive system after eating spicy food. This is a famous drink from Maharashtra’s Konkan region and often had after a spicy fish/chicken curry and rice meal.
7. Jal Jeera
Jal-jeera, or jaljira, is an Indian beverage, or else the powder used to flavor this drink. In Hindi, “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin. The beverage form is essentially lemonade and jaljira powder, and is a popular summer drink in India
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Thandai, also known as “Sardai”, is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. This drink common in Banaras / Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Lassi is one of those drinks that can be enjoyed not only in summer, but anytime. A tall mug of cardamom flavoured lassi is the perfectly satisfying end to a mild lunch. The plain version is amazing too, that is served in local lassi shops than the punjabi version which is more of rose flavour. There are even salty versions of lassi too but the sweet one is usually more preferred.
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Rooh Afza is a non-alcoholic concentrated squash made with fruits, herbs and vegetable extracts. It was formulated by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed in 1906 in Ghaziabad, British India and manufactured by the companies founded by him and his sons. Rooh Afza concentrate is generally served mixed with cold milk and ice, the closest western equivalent is strawberry milk. This summer cooler is often made in preparation, part of Iftar, the evening meals for breaking the fast (roza), during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims