10 Healthy & Refreshing Coolers to Beat the Summer Swelter

It’s no secret that Indian summers are harsh and unsparing with sweltering heat and irksome sweat rankling us to the boiling point (literally and figuratively). While we cannot wish away the summer before it has spewed its full quota of outrageous heat, we can at least douse some of the fire by guzzling down some super-gratifying summer drinks.

So, here are 10 super-healthy coolers to submerge in to help you dodge the scorching heat and invigorate you instantly:

Aam Panna (raw mango drink):

Aam Panna (raw mango drink)

This tangy forest-green drink is made of boiled raw mangoes, jiggery powder, black salt, freshly roasted cumin powder and crushed ice. Not only is this an utterly lip-smacking drink, it is an excellent source of vitamins B and C. It is a preventive drink for heat stroke as it averts dehydration that occurs due to excessive loss of vital electrolytes from the body. Lap it up without guilt!



Bel ka Sharbat (wood apple juice):

This distinctively tasting beverage (wood apple) is made of the fruit’s pulp and is brimming with vitamins and minerals that relieve heat related issues like diarrhea, dysentery and peptic ulcers. It is truly an exotic drink in colour and in taste, with the therapeutic virtue of treating heat stroke and indigestion. Go, gorge on it!

Bel ka Sharbat


Thandai (almond-milk based drink):

Thandai (almond-milk based drink)

It’s a traditional Indian summer cooler that is exotic, rich, heavenly and truly gratifying. It is prepared by blending together a whole lot of ingredients such as almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, rose petals, poppy seeds, black pepper, green cardamom powder, saffron, milk and sugar. You can use a sugar substitute to make it low on calories. It has a slew of health benefits besides cooling the body due to an amalgam of various therapeutic spices and seeds. Go bottoms up on this extravaganza!



Chilled Watermelon Cooler:

It is an amazingly effective thirst quencher and acts as a coolant for the body with 92% water content. It is good for the heart, immunity, bone health and detoxification by virtue of being a rich source of lycopene, vitamins C & A. You can make it by adding lemon juice, mint leaves, chia seeds and crushed ice to watermelon juice. Cool down with this flaming-red liquid!

Chilled Watermelon Cooler


Sattu (toasted gram-flour & barley drink):

Sattu (toasted gram-flour & barley drink)

It is a rustic Indian age-old remedy to beat the summer heat. What makes it stand apart is its almost-instant cooling effect on the body. It is loaded with fibre and is a diabetic’s delight. You can make your own savoury variant by mixing gram-flour, barley and water, and then adding lemon juice, crushed mint leaves, black pepper, black salt, roasted cumin seeds and crushed ice to the mixture. Load up on sattu to fight the sapping summer!



Kokum Sharbat (garcinia drink):

It is a rustic Indian age-old remedy to beat the summer heat. What makes it stand apart is its almost-instant cooling effect on the body. It is loaded with fibre and is a diabetic’s delight. You can make your own savoury variant by mixing gram-flour, barley and water, and then adding lemon juice, crushed mint leaves, black pepper, black salt, roasted cumin seeds and crushed ice to the mixture. Load up on sattu to fight the sapping summer!

Kokum Sharbat (garcinia drink)


Shikanji (fresh lime juice):

 Shikanji (fresh lime juice)

This tarty fruit drink is crammed with potassium, vitamin C & folate. It may be one of the most common summer drinks doing the rounds, but that’s simply because it is ‘oh so toothsome’ and so easy to put together. All you need is a lemon, rock salt and a spoonful of honey. You may use a few sprigs of mint leaves to add to the heavenly flavour. Slosh up on shikanji!



Masala Chhaas (spicy buttermilk):

This old-fashioned chalky-white Indian cooler is an excellent source of calcium, protein, B vitamins and probiotics and thus, helps in maintaining stellar gastrointestinal health. It has a very cooling effect on the body. This low-fat drink can be made by churning out butter from milk or just with plain yogurt. Add to it green chilies, chopped coriander leaves and a pinch of rock salt, and your divine cooler is ready to be devoured. Take a big swig!

 Masala Chhaas (spicy buttermilk)


Mango Lassi (sweetened mango flavoured yogurt drink):

 Mango Lassi (sweetened mango flavoured yogurt drink)

Yogurt is a major source of calcium and protein great for bones and tissue growth. Live cultures in yogurt aid digestion, improve digestibility of lactose and strengthen the immune system. It is simply made by mixing together yogurt, water and fresh mango pulp. It’s a sheer delight for the taste buds. Gulp down this golden pulpy liquid and experience bliss!



Coconut Water:

Coconut water is nature’s most refreshing drink. It is not only naturally sweet and savoury, but is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is rich in potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and sodium. It is super hydrating with potassium content of more than four bananas. In short, it is a low-fat, divinely delish summer drink. Just go and binge-drink to your health the coconut way!

 Coconut Water

Go, tank up and get drunk on these super-cooling drinks that will douse the summer burn and keep you well irrigated!