The pleasure of sipping (or guzzling – as you wish) a cold, refreshing glass of a little sumthin’, sumthin’ on a scorching summer’s day really has an umami that is as unexplainable as the true meaning of umami.
This temperature umami is enjoyed by people around the world and no, not everyone is drinking Iced Tea and Mint juleps. There’s a whole lot of creativity out there when it comes to quenching the thirst flames so maybe try out something different this summer and check out these 4 refreshing summer drinks you may never have heard of:
1. Rose Milk
Perhaps you have never thought of milk as a refreshing summer drink, you and millions of others of course. Despite milk’s incredibly important role as the refreshing chocolate chip cookie chaser, it isn’t recognized for its cool summer drink prowess.
So, one of the hottest countries in the world should know a thing or two about refreshing summer drinks and whaddaya know, in India folks whip up a cool rose milk drink that will rock your world this summer.
Rose Milk Ingredients
4 cups milk
2 tsp almond paste
2 cups rose petals
5 cups water
3 cups sugar
- Combine water, sugar and rose petals in a pot, bring to a boil, and simmer until mixture turns to syrup.
- Strain, and pour into a glass jar, cool in refrigerator.
- Boil milk with almond paste, cool in freezer for an hour.
- Place milk along with 4 tbsp rose syrup in blender, mix until smooth.
2. Nam Thang Mo
Watermelons aren’t just for eating, their also for drinking and in Thailand they’ve perfected the art of drinking this fruit.
4 cups watermelon, seeded, cubed.
2 tbsp sugar
1 lime, juiced
½ cup ice
- Place ingredients in blender and mix until blended, add a little filtered water if the juice is too thick.
Just tell someone you’re having a little Zobo and you will immediately be both worldly and mysterious at the same time. Zobo is a Nigerian drink made of the calyces of the hibiscus plant. This bright red drink is not only refreshing, but also quite the body cleanser and a good source of do-your-body-good acids.
4 cups water
1-1/4 cup Hibiscus
1 lemon, juiced
4 tbsp sugar
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- Pour water over hibiscus leaves, cover dish and allow to steep for an hour.
- Strain hibiscus, add lemon, sugar and mix.
- Cool and serve.
4. Mint Pomegranate Gin
You can never go wrong with a little pomegranate. There is something about the mysterious innards of this fruit that make it welcome on main dishes, side dishes, desserts, salads and even all sorts of drinks.
This combination of mint and pomegranate is a little wowser-ish and perfect for summer cocktail hour.
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
3 sprigs mint
1 lime, juiced
¼ cup gin
1 tbsp simple syrup
- Combine mint, lime, pomegranate molasses, simple syrup and shake it up.
- Put your ice in a glass, add gin, mix in the deliciousness and enjoy.
Written by Joti Heir.