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WITH the sun glaring down mercilessly and humidity at its peak, there's no denying it any longer; summer is here and it's here to stay. While you can cope with this by being dependent on your air-conditioner or venturing out only when necessary, it seems that the best way to beat the summer heat is to unwind with some of the summer's coolest drinks.
The classic chilled lemonade
You can leave a pitcher to freeze in the refrigerator for an after-school drink for the children or for yourself when sanity from the heat beckons.
Homemade iced tea
Because it is usually enjoyed to its maximum in the summer, iced tea is one of those summer chillers that make the heat and the dust all worthwhile. It's the perfect substitute to your artificially sweetened, empty caloried and coloured no-good fizzy carbonated drink.
Here's a simple recipe you can use to make yourself a refreshing summer fixer:
If you prefer your tea to be sweet, add 4 teaspoons of sugar. Alternatively, you could also add a hint of lemon and mint to make it interesting!
Watermelon and mint cooler
3 cups of chopped watermelon flesh. 1 cup of mint leaves. 2-teaspoon sugar (optional if the watermelon isn't sweet enough). Blend the watermelon pieces, mint, and sugar. Add a little water to it. Serve it in a tall glass with some ice!
Since the `bel' is hard on the outside, you have to break it open and then scoop out the orange-yellow pulp inside. Add water to it to make it drinkable and sieve it to remove the seeds. Add sugar to taste or ½ a teaspoon of black salt.
As a storehouse of nutrition, `bel' acts as a traditional summer tonic whether soothing disturbed stomachs or warding off heat strokes, the fruit is possibly the richest of most summer fruits.
Whether sweetened with sugar, dressed with salt or spices or thinned with water, `lassi' does seem to be the perfect way to beat the heat!
As varied as these drinks may be, they all are common in that
By Mahareen Khalid
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