Growing up in India, most of us are well acquainted with the hot and humid climate that summer brings along. While we can’t do anything about the it, we can surely put together a refreshing drink to beat the heat. If you're looking for something more exciting than plain old nimbu pani, our edit of chilled fruity mocktails will have you covered. The best part? All of these can be made with the most basic ingredients in your pantry, and won't take more than 10 mins to put together.

Pineapple Lemonade



Ingredients:
1/4 cup pineapple
Juice from half a lemon
Sugar or honey
 
Direction: Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend till smooth to create a concentrated mixture. Mix it with some water in a jar, and keep it in the freezer to chill. When you're ready to serve, pour out a glass, and add crushed ice to give it some crunch.   Image and recipe courtesy: Lathis Kitchen

Cinnamon Spiced Orange Iced Tea Recipe


Ingredients:
2 tea bags or 2 tsp tea leaves
2 oranges
2 cups water
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 pieces of star anise
2 tbsp sugar

For garnish:
Some lemon wedges
2-3 sprigs of mint leaves
 
Direction:
Squeeze fresh juice from the oranges, and keep it aside, but don't throw the peels out just yet. Boil water in a saucepan over high heat, and add the tea leaves, orange peels, sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise. Keep stirring as you let the water simmer for few minutes over medium heat. Once the spices and the orange flavor is infused into the water, turn off the heat and strain the concoction into a large jug. Once it has cooled down, pour in the fresh orange juice and stir well. Refrigerate it for a couple of hours, and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs when serving. Image and recipe courtesy: Archana’s Kitchen

 

Lemony Beet and Orange Virgin Margarita


Ingredients:
1 cup fresh beet juice
2 cups fresh orange juice
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2-3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
4 cups of ice cubes

For garnish:
Orange and lime slices or wedges
Coarse margarita salt and/or sugar for the rim (optional)
 
Directions: Add all ingredients into the blender. Puree ingredients or pulse for thicker ice chunks in your frozen margaritas. Salt the glass rims by sliding a lime wedge around the rim and then dipping the sticky and wet glass rim in the salt on a shallow plate. Fill glasses with the blended ingredients and garnish with lime and orange slices.
Image and recipe courtesy: Just Beet It 

Watermelon Margarita Mocktail


Ingredients:
1 medium watermelon, cut into chunks
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
4 tsp honey or sugar
1/3 cup sparking water
 
Directions: In a blender, puree enough watermelon chunks so that you have 4 cups of watermelon puree. Add lime juice and honey/sugar. Mix well and pour into 4 cups. Top with sparkling water. You can garnish it with watermelon piece and mint. Image and recipe courtesy: Food Done Light

Creamy Mint Limeade

Ingredients:
3 large limes, quartered
1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 cups cold, filtered water
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
 
Directions: Place lime quarters, fresh mint, sugar and water in the base of your blender. Pulse on high speed until the limes are broken down into fine pieces. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a pitcher. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint and lime wedges. Image and recipe courtesy: The Pe-dan-tic Foodie

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