4 must-try homemade summer cooler recipes
No need to get cranky with the mercury soaring high. This summer, you can make amazing summer beverages without spending money on bottled water or unhealthy cold drinks to stay sane and calm. With a few simple ingredients, you can work up magical and refreshing summer coolers. You can make your own homemade coolers at home this season! Here are four must-try recipes:
- Watermelon and Mint Cooler
Watermelon and mint are a classic combination. Mint is one of the most popular herbs in the world, and it works especially well with watermelon because it adds an earthy flavour to this sweet fruit. For best results, we recommend using whole leaves rather than dried ones; they'll be easier to chop up once you're ready to make your drink!
You will need about 1.5 kg of skinned watermelon (deseeded and chopped into small chunks), Some fresh mint leaves, 150 ml of lime juice, and salt to taste. In a blender, blend all the ingredients together until the texture is smooth. Run the mixture through a strainer collecting the juice in a jug. Garnish with some mint leaves, add a couple of ice cubes, and serve.
- Peach and Basil Lemonade Cooler
This recipe is super easy to make and tastes like summer in a glass!
You will need 3 cups of chilled water, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 peaches (frozen or fresh), 2 tablespoon of lime juice, and some basil leaves. In a blender, blend all the ingredients with only 2 cups of chilled water until smooth. Run the mixture through the sieve. Pour the remaining cup of water and mix. You can also add ¼ tablespoon salt. In a serving glass, add a couple of ice cubes, pour the lemonade, and garnish with a lemon or a peach slice before serving.
- Raspberry Lemonade
This is a great drink for summer. It's sweet enough to be enjoyed by kids but not too much that you'll end up giving them an adult beverage. The lemonade makes it taste like you're drinking fruity water, which will help keep your children from getting thirsty while still being able to enjoy themselves at the party or barbecue.
Combine 200gms raspberries and ½ cup lemon juice in a blender and blend it until smooth. Pour the mixture over a strainer and collect the juice in a large bowl. Pour ½ cup more lemon juice, 4 cups of water, and 1 cup of sugar into the bowl. Mix well. Pour the lemonade into glasses with ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves before serving.
- Cucumber-Lime Cooler
Trust us when we tell you, you will include this in your collection of summer beverages. If not, you are definitely going to prepare this cooler on repeat this summer. The combination of fresh mint flavour, and cucumber juice has many health benefits, and it's simple to make.
In order to prepare this cooler, you will need 2 cucumbers (sliced), 3 limes (juiced and zested) and 2 fresh mint leaves. In a blender, place the cucumbers with the lime juice and 2 tablespoons of zest. Blend the mixture until smooth. You can add such number of ice cubes till you have your desired amount of coldness. Sprinkle some salt and mix well. Serve in a glass with fresh mint leaves as garnishes.
Now that you know the recipes for the best summer coolers, it’s time to get cracking on your own. Make sure you use real food so that you not only stay hydrated but also healthy. You can also serve these to your guests, people will be impressed with your healthy lifestyle choices and not just with their taste buds!
Do let us know your go-to summer cooler recipes in the comment section below.