indian summer drinks – collection of 51 cooling beverages, drinks, juices, sherbets

Which is your favorite drink to beat summer heat?

indian summer drinks, summer drinks

India is rich with various spices, herbs, veggies and fruits and many of them are unique to a particular area or region. Thus each region of India has some specialty drink. Like in bihar, for e.g drinks made from sattu (roasted chickpea + barley flours) are had during the summers.

In western and south India, coconuts are easily available and thus coconut water is frequently had to beat the summer heat. In this post I am sharing collection of Indian beverages like drinks, juices, sherbets, milkshakes etc which are posted on the blog. So that it easier for your find them.

Cooling summer drinks made or had in Indian homes:

1. Nimbu pani (Indian lemonade) – this is the cheapest and might be the most used summer drink in India. You can add flavor to it by adding mint juice, roasted cumin powder, black salt or make it Sweet – shikanji or have it salty. Some people also like to add ginger juice but then ginger is heaty. In the western India, this is called as nimbu pani and in north India, its called as shikanji.

nimbu pani recipe

2. Jaljeera – its a spiced Indian cooling drink also used as an appetizer or just as a drink. Quite famous in north India.

jal jeera recipe

3. Lassi recipe – made from yogurt and very famous in north India. You can make it salty or sweet. You can flavor it with cardamom powder, rose water and saffron. Few other Variations of lassi are Masala lassi, Salty lassi, Strawberry lassi, Fruit lassi, Papaya lassi and Rose lassi.

sweet Punjabi lassi recipe

4. Buttermilk recipe – made using yogurt. Popular in the whole of India. You can flavor it with mint, ginger, cumin powder or curry leaves and even do an oil tempering with herbs and spices. Another variation is this Mint chaas.

chaas recipe

5. Rooh afza – it is a sweet rose scented healthy syrup that is made with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and roots. You can add it to milk, Kulfi, Falooda, Ice cream, Phirni or have it simply with plain water.

rooh afza recipe with sabja seeds

6. Aam ka panna – it is made using raw mangoes. Helps in preventing heat strokes and keep the body cool. Raw mangoes are rich in vitamin c and iron. In this recipe, I have boiled the raw mangoes. Another way is to roast the raw mangoes. You can check this Aam ka panna recipe made with roasted mangoes. For more unripe mango recipes you can check this Collection of 15 raw mango recipes.

aam ka panna recipe

7. Piyush – this is a smooth and creamy beverage popular in the Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine of western India. Piyush is a bit similar to the popular beverage lassi. But in comparison, piyush is thick, creamy and sweeter than lassi.

piyush recipe

8. Lemon squash – easy diy lemon squash without preservatives and additives.

homemade lemon squash recipe

9. Orange squash – diy homemade orange squash made from fresh oranges.

orange squash recipe

10. Khus sherbet – a summer cooling drink made from khus or vetiver (vetiveria zizanioides).

khus syrup recipe

11. Sandalwood sherbet – a cooling and thirst quenching drink made with sandalwood powder. Sandalwood powder can be got from an ayurvedic shop.

sandalwood sherbet recipe

12. Paan gulkand drink – an cooling and refreshing summer drink made from paan or betel leaves.

paan gulkand drink recipe

13. Thandai – the word “thandai” means that which is cooling or cools and is derived from the word “thanda” which means “cool” in hindi language. thandai is a traditional drink, popular in the northern parts of India. Its made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices.

thandai recipe

14. Sattu sherbet – healthy summer drink made with roasted gram flour. Roasted black chickpea flour is also known as chane ka sattu. This is a sweet sattu drink or sattu sharbat. Sattu is good for both kids and adults alike.

sattu sharbat recipe

15. Panakam recipe – panakam is a cooling drink from the South Indian cuisine and is especially made during Ram Navami. Its also made as a cooling drink to beat the heat during summers.

panakam recipe

16. Neer mor recipe – neer majjige or neer moru is a delicious spiced buttermilk from the South Indian cuisine.

neer mor recipe

17. Nannari syrup – nannari is cooling for the body and is excellent during the summers. Its also a blood purifier and one of the remedies for urinary infection. It also improves digestion.

nannari syrup recipe

18. Jigarthanda – its a cooling drink having its origins in madurai city in Tamil Nadu, India. ‘Jigar‘ means heart and ‘Thanda‘ means cool or cold. So it literally translates to cool heart or cold heart.

jigarthanda recipe

19. Bel ka sharbat – a summer cooling drink is this bel ka sherbet. Bel fruit is also known as bengal quince, stone apple or wood apple. bael tree along with bael fruit and bel leaves are considered sacred. Bael leaves are offered to lord shiva.

bel ka sharbat recipe

20. Mango lassi recipe – one of the most popular fruit based lassi. Whichever variety of mangoes you add, just ensure that they have a smooth pulp and are not fibrous. Though this lassi made with fresh mangoes taste best, you can also use ready made mango pulp.

Mango Lassi Recipe

21. Gond ka sharbat recipe – a popular summer cooling drink from north India. The gond used here is katira gond which has cooling properties. katira gond is also known as tragacanth in english and badam pisin in south India.

gond sharbat recipe

22. Savory or namkeen sattu drink – summer cooler made from roasted black chickpea flour, water and herbs+spices.

namkeen sattu recipe

23. Tender coconut water – if you are staying in a place where fresh coconut water is available easily in summers then you are simply blessed. It is one of the best and the healthiest option to beat summer heat. below is a pic of fresh tender coconuts. This is a mobile pic and was meant for Instagram.


Fruit juices, milkshakes and sherbets

1. Watermelon juice – watermelon is cooling and is rich in vitamin c. You can give different flavor to watermelon juice by combining mint, gulkand, rose petals or fruits like pomegranate, oranges with it. Few more drinks you can make with watermelons are Watermelon agua fresca, Watermelon rose cooler and Watermelon orange juice.

watermelon juice recipe

2. Musk melon juice – musk melon also known as kharbuja in hindi reduces heat in the body. It is high in fiber, anti oxidant and helps in controlling blood pressure.

musk melon juice recipe

3. Sugarcane juice – the ever popular Indian juice to quench your thirst and give you a boast of energy. Excellent for jaundice. Has digestive properties, thirst quenching and keeps the body hydrated.

4. Kokum juice – kokum fruit is available mostly in goa and maharashtra side. It is one of the best summer coolant, reduces heat in body, anti oxidant and helps in digestion.

kokum sherbet recipe

5. Mango milkshake recipe – mango milkshake is one of most sought after healthy drink during summers in India. Mango milkshake is very filling and it simply recharges your body.

mango milk shake recipe

6. Banana milkshake recipe – delicious banana milkshake made with coconut milk, vanilla powder and cardamom. this milkshake is also good for children and grown ups who have lactose intolerance. Another variation you can make is this Banana mango milkshake recipe.

banana milkshake recipe

7. Mint sherbet – mint is excellent to beat summers. You can add mint in many drinks as well as can use it for garnishing. Apart from cooling properties mint is good for digestion, cures morning sickness and nausea and detoxifies the body and a good source of vitamin C, B complex vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, zinc and copper.

mint juice recipe

8. Mango juice – made from fresh ripe mangoes. Thirst quenching and healthy and full with flavors of mangoes. Few more delicious Mango recipes you can make are Mango sherbet, Aamras, Mango kulfi, Mango ice cream and Mango cake recipe.

mango juice recipe

9. Mosambi or sweet lime juice – refreshing, healthy fruit juice rich in vitamin C. Another variation is Ganga jamuna juice.

sweet lime juice recipe

10. Coffee milkshake recipe – this recipes gives you a nice coffee flavored frothy layer on top. Much like the cold coffee you get in cafe outlets like cafe coffee day. serve cold coffee straight away as its made. If you have Vanilla ice cream recipe or Chocolate ice cream or Choco chip ice cream or Pista ice cream, you could also add an ice cream scoop in the cold coffee.

cold coffee recipe

11. Dry fruits milkshake recipe – this dry fruits milkshake is very filling and you might like to skip a meal after having it. I have used soy milk instead of regular milk to make it. You can use regular milk or also make with almond milk.

dry fruits milkshake

12. Jackfruit shake – summer shake made with ripe jackfruit, Coconut milk and jaggery.

jackfruit shake with coconut milk

13. Mango mastani – thick mango milk shake with Ice cream. few more delicious Mango recipes on blog are Mango mousse, Mango kulfi, Mango cheesecake, Mango panna cotta, Mango muffins and Mango ice cream recipe.

mango mastani recipe

14. Falooda – layered summer dessert beverage made with milk, rose syrup, Sabja seeds, falooda sev, dry fruits and Ice cream. a popular North Indian summer drink. Few more variation are Mango falooda, Kulfi falooda, Kesar pista falooda and Strawberry falooda.

falooda recipe

15. Rose milk – cooling and refreshing rose milk made with rose syrup, milk and sabja seeds.

rose milk recipe

16. Cold coffee with ice cream – in the recipe I have also blended the ice cream with the coffee and milk, which gives a thicker, creamier cold coffee. The coffee is then topped with scoops of ice cream and served.  I have used Homemade vanilla ice cream, but you can even use Chocolate ice cream.

cold coffee recipe with ice cream

17. Guava juice – to make this guava juice, you can use the regular guavas as well as pink guavas. guava fruit is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. A single guava fruit contains about 4 times the amount of vitamin C as an orange.

guava juice recipe

18. Black grapes juice – a juice that can be made in a jiffy and without an electric juicer.

black grapes juice recipe

19. Pineapple juice – refreshing pineapple juice made with fresh pineapple. once you get the pineapple wedges or cubes, then everything is easy and quick.

pineapple juice recipe

20. Pomegranate mint cooler – this healthy pomegranate cooler has an Indian touch to it. I have added some mint leaves and roasted cumin powder. I would suggest to add mint leaves, but you can skip the cumin powder.

pomegranate mint cooler recipe

21. Litchi lemonade recipe – like mangoes, litchis are another juicy fruit that makes an appearance in the Indian summers. So apart from having these sweet litchis, plain, you can also made litchi lemonade.

litchi lemonade recipe

22. Strawberry milkshake recipe – refreshing healthy drink to recharge your energy levels. Good for kids as well as a breakfast beverage. you can serve the milkshake plain or add a scoop of Vanilla ice cream or Strawberry ice cream and have a strawberry ice cream shake. Another variation you can make is this Strawberry almond milkshake recipe.

strawberry milkshake recipe

23. Apple pomegranate juice recipe – easy and healthy juice recipe to give you a quick boost of energy. pomegranate is good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. Apple is also a good source of vitamin C.

apple pomegranate juice recipe

24. Orange juice recipe in a mixer or blender – if you have an electric juicer, then making orange juice or for that matter any fruit juice is very easy. But most of us have do not have a juicer. So here I am sharing the method on how to make orange juice in a mixer or blender.

orange juice recipe

25. Avocado milkshake recipe – a healthy and delicious milkshake. Avocado is a very healthy fruit and very good option for vegetarians and vegans.

avocado milkshake recipe

26. Apple milkshake recipe – easy and a quick healthy beverage. Here I used kinnaur apples from himachal pradesh. I always buy these apples as they are not wax coated. The very shiny and glossy looking apples are wax coated. So do check the apples before buying.

apple milkshake recipe

27. Pomegranate juice recipe – one of the healthy juices made with pomegranate or anar. in this post, I have also shared the method of removing pomegranate arils (seeds) in an easy way, without the juice falling all over the kitchen tiles or on your clothes.

pomegranate juice

28. Watermelon mint juice recipe – in this juice, I have used mint leaves with watermelons. Mint is cooling as well as good for digestion. Watermelon is also cooling and a good source of vitamin c. Thus this combination of watermelon and mint is ideal for summers.

watermelon mint juice recipe


Cooling ingredients for your drinks:

1. Holy basil or tulsi – you can use it for garnishing or add in various sherbets or even make a drink or sherbet.
2. Rose petals or rose water meant for culinary uses – can be added to many drinks
3. Gulkand or rose petal preserve – you can add it to milkshakes or sherbets.
4. Fresh mint leaves – you can use their juice or leaves. Also can be added as garnishing while serving.
5. Sabja seeds – also known as falooda seeds or basil seeds. They need to be soaked for half an hour and then can be added to falooda or nimbu pani or other drinks. They are very cooling.
6. Saffron – saffron is expensive but adds a good flavor to any drink or dish. It has cooling properties so you can add few saffron strands to your summer drinks.
7. Cardamom powder – add it to Milkshakes like Banana milkshake, Mango milkshake or Dry fruits milkshake.
8. Almond milk – it is cooling as well as healthy and you can use it in your milkshakes.
9. Sattu ka atta – flour made with roasted chickpea and barley. Famous in bihar region of India for it cooling properties. You can make drinks or make Sattu ladoo or Litti chokha or stuffed parathas out of it.
10: barley water – made with barley grains..

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  1. A good collection of summer drinks we used to have in India. I just love to have such fruit juice drinks which will rejuvenate the body & soul and keeps me cool. A big thank from Taiyab Mala from

  2. Nice information you have provided about fruit juices & summer drinks. Its very good for our healthy life. Amla juice & Aloe vera juice is also the richest natural source of Vitamin. Aloe vera juice is also helpful in summer and healthcare problems like Digestion, Diabetes & Asthma.

  3. Nicely assorted, really refreshing drinks and healthy too ! Indian flavors are natural keep you active in summer !