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Refreshing drinks to beat the heat

How about lime and kokum soda or strawberry smoothie to keep you fresh this summer? Try these cool refreshing beverages that can be easily prepared at home.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2010 16:49 IST

DrinkLime and kokum soda

800 ml soda, chilled
6 tbsp kokum syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice
5-6 black peppercorns (crushed)
1/2 tbsp rock salt
10-12 fresh mint leaves (torn)
Crushed ice

1. In a glass jar, pour kokum syrup and add rock salt, lemon juice and crushed black peppercorns to it. Stir well.
2. Add soda to the sherbet and stir again.
3. Check the seasoning.
4. Take tall glasses, cover it with crushed ice and mint leaves and pour the sherbet.
5. Serve chilled.

Lime and mint cooler

2 cups water
1-2 limes
1 small bunch fresh mint
¼ cup sugar

1. Cut the limes into quarters and place them in a blender. Include the rinds also.
2. Add in sugar, water and mint.
3. Blend the ingredients until they turn smooth.
4. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and pour into a mug.
5. Serve chilled.

Strawberry smoothie pops

1-2 bananas
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 (6-ounce) cartons low fat strawberry yogurt
1 (16-ounce) package frozen whole strawberries, partially thawed, with juice
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
1 cup fat free milk

1. Place bananas and lemon juice in blender; blend until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 3. Pour mixture into 5-ounce paper drinking cups. Arrange filled cups on tray.
4. Stand a wooden Popsicle stick upright in each cup. Freeze overnight.

First Published: Apr 09, 2010 19:27 IST