In the hot summer months, it’s important to find ways to beat the heat. While air conditioning may be an option, it can quickly drain your wallet and cause your power bill to skyrocket.
By using natural ingredients you can make your own DIY cooling drinks that will beat the heat without causing your energy bill to skyrocket! Here are 10 natural cooling drinks that will keep you cool on even the hottest days!
Not just a delightful drink, lemonade can actually help cool you down when temperatures climb too high. Lemons contain a lot of citric acids, which help your body lower its temperature—think of them as an internal air conditioner! If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside in hot weather, consider spiking some lemonade with spirits to make it extra refreshing.
2) Mint Tea
Mint tea is a natural cooling agent and has been used for thousands of years. The combination of peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm can help fight excessive sweating during periods of hot weather and outdoor activity. Mint leaves are high in antioxidants and can also provide you with a calming sensation if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety.
You can brew a cup of mint tea by adding one teaspoon of dried mint leaves per cup of boiling water, then let it steep for five minutes before enjoying it.
3) Rose Water Lassi
Rosewater is perhaps most well-known for its beautiful smell, but it can be used as a cooling agent, too. When added to a yogurt drink, rose water makes a delicious and refreshing beverage that is perfect for beating hot weather.
The next time you feel overheated, reach for a rosewater lassi instead of just another glass of cold water. You’ll be surprised at how well it works!
4) Lime Water
For a tropical drink that’s filled with vitamin C, try lime water. Packed with antioxidants and rich in vitamin C, drinking lime water first thing in the morning is a great way to give your immune system a healthy boost. To make it, simply cut half of the citrus fruit into slices and place it in some cold water overnight.
Drink before breakfast for an energizing burst of flavor!
5) Mango Lassi
Mango lassi is a traditional Indian drink, prepared with yogurt, sugar, and mango pulp. It’s sweet and a little tart at once. A cup of lassi is refreshing on its own or can be used as an ingredient in other drinks like smoothies.
Make your own by blending half a cup of yogurt with one cup of pureed mangoes, then adding two tablespoons of sugar or honey (or some freshly grated ginger) and blending it again until smooth.
6) Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry milkshakes are not only a refreshing treat, but they’re also loaded with Vitamin C and potassium for healthy living. Drink them on days when you need a cool pick-me-up! 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (or ice cream)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more milk if needed to thin out the mixture. Serve immediately in a tall glass garnished with strawberry slices or banana slices. Makes 1 serving.
7) Thai Milk Tea
This tea is one of Thailand’s most famous summer drinks. It contains soothing ingredients like ginger, lemongrass, and galangal root, which have been shown to help reduce body temperature and increase sweating.
You can make it yourself by brewing strong black tea and adding a generous amount of condensed milk (check out a recipe here). If you don’t have time for that, buy canned Thai milk tea instead. Just be sure to stir well before drinking!
8) Spiced Yogurt Drink
Yogurt is a classic Indian cooling drink. If you don’t have yogurt, then cow’s milk will also do just fine. To sweeten your drink, add honey or agave nectar. Remember that these natural sugars aren’t as healthy as complex carbs, but they are still a better option than artificial sugars.
When it comes to flavorings, you can add mint leaves and fresh ginger for more kick or cinnamon sticks for added spice.
9) Coconut Cooler
Coconut water is one of nature’s best-kept secrets. For starters, it’s rich in potassium—600 milligrams in each cup. It has twice as much magnesium as a banana and is loaded with vitamins B and C.
Studies have shown that coconut water can replenish electrolytes after sports exertion or when you drink alcohol, helping you rehydrate without consuming too many calories or sodium. Plus, coconut water has a natural sweetness—no added sugar necessary!
10) Almond Milk Smoothie
When you need a cool, refreshing drink that won’t spike your blood sugar or leave you feeling heavy, look no further than almond milk. It can be used as a dairy-free milk substitute in almost any recipe, but it also pairs well with tropical fruits like mangoes and bananas.
The best way to beat high temperatures and humidity is by staying hydrated. Your body loses a lot of water through sweat, so it’s important to have plenty of clean, cool water on hand. If you’re looking for a more refreshing option than plain H2O, try one of these 10 natural cooling drinks.