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Just chill!

Dump colas, sip coolers this summer.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2010 13:31 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

You don’t need to take a trip to the snow-capped mountains to beat the heat this summer.That’s an option, yes, and a fun one at that too… but you may easily choose an inexpensive way out. Fill the jars in your kitchen with healthy herbs and spices, your refrigerator with mixes, syrups, ice cubes and you are set to whiz up a fresh cooler.

Local flavours such as butter milk, raw mango or khus syrup rock, but for a yummier and unusual treat, you may want to sip on lemon grass, berry or mint coolers.The city restaurants are already armed with much extravagance when it comes to summer coolers.

Local hits
Zenzi’s Minty Cooler (lime, mint, soda) is a hit hands down. Cafe Moshe’s Lemon Grass Cooler is its specialty. Peach and strawberry coolers remain the most ordered drinks at Candies and Cafe Basilico, inform their managers.There’s, however, always a benefit of homemade coolers.

Ushakiran Sisodia, head of diet and nutrition department, at Nanavati Hospital, advises, “Avoid aerated soft drinks as much as possible. They produce empty calories, which means that the body will not crave for nutritious food.” She reveals that most of her patients are children and adolescents whose intakes of cold drinks are high.

In the long run, it may even affect the pancreas, she warns.“Recent research has proved that colas and the so-called fresh ‘aam ras’ (mango pulp) are causing abdominal pain because they contain artificial additives and flavours. Once in a while, it’s okay to consume them, but not regularly,” Sisodia cautions.

She recommends replacement of such drinks with Indian coolers like butter milk, raw mango water, roohafza, aam panna (burnt mango pulp), ganna ras (sugarcane juice) or khus syrup. “Add some salt and ice. Try mixing them with jal jeera, kali mirch (black pepper), dry mint powder or fresh pudina.Garnish with a slice of lemon, strawberry or mint leaves. Homemade coolers are healthier because they cool your brain as well as the heat generated by your body and the environment,” Sisodia says.

Cool stops

Oro Café: Jamun Cooler, Kokum Cooler (Rs 85)
Mocha Mojo: Apple Pear Lime (Rs 95)
Moshe: Lemon Grass (Rs 90)
Magel Shop: Green Apple (Rs 84)
Just Around the Corner: Watermelon (Rs 65)
Costa Coffee: Black Forest (Rs 129)
Candies: Bombay Blue (Rs 40)
Java Green: Emerald Ice, Java Green Special (Rs 39)
Gostana: House Special (Rs 90)
Redbox: Chilli Mocker (Rs 195)
Zenzi: Minty Cooler (Rs 120)
Mumbai Times Café: Pink Panther (Rs 150)
5 Spice: Green Lady, Orange Fever (Rs 110)
Café Basilico: Peach Blast, Berry Blast (Rs 140)
Koyla: Fresh Lime soda (Rs 100)