Its so hot...What is your favorite drink on a Hot Summer's day other than H2O ?

@kiran8 (15399)
Mangalore, India
May 9, 2009 6:43am CST
The Summer heat is at its peak with the temp going as high as 45 degree in some cities like Hyderabad and Jaipur. In my own city we have been having extremely sultry days and one is forever looking out for thirst quencher...Besides the best drink of all 'Water' I like to drink Tender coconut water, Lassi ( YUM) , Sugar cane juice, and Shandy .. What is your favorite drink(s) on a really hot day...
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@dpk262006 (56563)
• Delhi, India
9 May 09
I think my vote will go to butter milk, which is also called Lassi and second one could be coconut water, which is not easily available at my place. Sugar cane juice is also a good refresher, provided it is extracted hygienically.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
9 May 09
Hi deepak, thanks a lot for your response ! Butter milk is really refreshing on a hot day, also sweet lassi...we have plenty of tender coconuts down south and it is one of the safest drinks to have and very refreshing too...I am sure North India is sizzling now
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@dpk262006 (56563)
• Delhi, India
12 May 09
Cocunut water or butter milk are the best options in summers. For the past few days, weather here is bit cooler and temperature has not risen to 44 degree, as it did on 30th April.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
14 May 09
I think the Summer months are becoming more and more intolerable all over the country. Bangalore which used to be known as an AC city has become like a furnace now during summer, and it is necessary to have an AC here to beat the heat...
@russso (1701)
• Philippines
4 Jun 09
I really prefer water, but since it can't be the answer... lol... My choice would be an Iced Cafe Americano. It's perfect for that cold drink fix while it's terribly hot. I love it because it also gives me my caffeine fix. I'm lucky that most of the Coffee Shops that I frequent can serve my Cafe Americano chilled.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
4 Jun 09
Hi russo, thanks a lot for your response.I too love Coffee in any form, esp chilled with ice cream. As we discuss the weather is changing too, it is rainy season here in my country and days have considerably cooled down - Have a great day and happy mylotting
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@turones (206)
• Philippines
25 May 09
i like shakes. it could be chocolate milk shakes or fruit shakes. they are so refreshing and taste good too. that reminds me, i need to get some crushed ice for my shake:)
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
25 May 09
Hi turones, thanks a lot for the response, Yes milk shakes are great. I love Chocolate Milk shake, the thicker the better.You like to have crushed ice in your shake? Will it not dilute it? or do you like it that way ? Have a gret time mylotting
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@kawalnarang (1095)
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 May 09
Water Water water,, yes is d BEST,, another choice is,7 up,, I don't like black sodas anymore( Coke ,Pepsi),45 C is great temperature,, I am from Jaipur,, I remember 47 + years ago
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
9 May 09
You mean it is not that hot there or is it Hotter than that ( 45 degrees)...LOL i know water is the best and there is nothing like it...You know kawal , I feel that aerated waters make you feel more thirsty - I thought you had some great drinks in Rajasthan like Tandai and Aam ka Panna...
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 May 09
I left India, 27 years back I visit twice a year,, now live in Trinidad(the West Indies),Jaipur is one of the hottest places,I believe I will have difficulty being there in May or June,I was there in April and it was too much for me,we got nice drinks here,, Coconut water, orange,grapefruit,passion fruit,and many more
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 May 09
yes dear ,,U know about this part of the beautiful world,, It is place with a lot of Indians,Africans,A mix of a few others,,Chinese,Spanish and all,, And u also have a fair knowledge about the drinks here,I must add,Water is still more common now all about the world
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
25 May 09
Hi Kiran, I was thinking of you and why I am not able to see you too much these days when I stumbled on this discussion.I have missed this one.Actually , there has been a problem with my connectivity and it has been 'in and out' for quite some time. I like lime juice with some salt and sugar added to it Kiran and it must be well chilled or with some ice crushed into it.This is my favourite iced drink for the summer.I changed my photograph in my blog Kiran.Have a peep.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
25 May 09
Hi kala, hope things have been set right now and you are able to log in freely....I too love Lime juice . BTW have you tried adding some crushed mint and ginger into Lemon Juice, it gives it a refreshing green tinge and tastes just great besides being very healthy. I will go into your blog - have you made any new entries? do look up my blog as well. have added some more entries recently- have a great day
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
25 May 09
Kiran Ill check your blog too. Just now, I wrote a comment for your response and like little children we seem to be playing hide and seek in our discussions.Both of us seem to be commenting our discussions simultaneously.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
25 May 09
Yes Kiran Ihave tried all sorts of combinations[with black jaggery[known as panai vellam], ginger, dried ginger and jaggery , combinations of orange, lime and sweet lime juice --I try all concoctions and present it with a great flourish and loud announcement 'Mocktail'; I rely on my precious son to go gaga about anything that I make.
@Sreekala (23757)
• India
11 May 09
Hi Kiran, Here there was raining yesterday and the temperature got down from 40 degree to 20 degree on yesterday evening. Yes there was much relaxing with the down of temperature. In summer intake of sufficient water is very important. My son is taking Lemon juice to his school as their teacher is advising the same. Yes it is good for summer. We used to take mango juice (now the season of mangoes and fruits are available in reasonable rate), water melon, Lassi etc. I don’t like Sugarcane juice.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
11 May 09
Hi Sreekala, thanks a lot for your response- I agree that we need to take a lot of water during summer months, or for that matter at any time. Lime/ lemon juice is another refeshing juice, I add a handful of mint leaves and crushed ginger to Lime juice along with honey, and it tastes really great..
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@Sreekala (23757)
• India
12 May 09
Hi Kiran, Thanks for the nice tip, I will test the same next time.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
14 May 09
Hi sreekala, mint leaves and fresh crushed ginger tastes good added to any fruit based drink esp Moosambi juice, and aam panna. I love the flavor of fresh mint and ginger
@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Iced tea and butter milk are my other options.But at the end nothing quenches the thirst like the good old cold water.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
9 May 09
Hi balasri, I agree nothing like cold water from an earthernware pot on a hot summer's day. I too love butter milk spiked with crushed ginger and pepper powder, and iced tea with lemon and honey - Thanks a lot for the response..
@balasri (26553)
• India
10 May 09
My wife makes the buter milk with curry leaves thrown into them and some cumin seed ans and mustard raosted and put.I am going to try your concoction of the butter milk spiked with crushed ginger and pepper powder.Sounds heavenly.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 May 09
I too make butter milk with Roasted Jeera powder, curry patta and salt, that is very refreshing as well- yes do try the ginger/pepper one for variation...
@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
4 Jun 09
hi kiran, i really love to drink 7UP or Sprite or home made lemonade during summer besides water.the taste of lemon is really soothing to the throat during summer and winter too.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
4 Jun 09
I too love lemon based drinks, but I don't like aerated drinks much. I feel that tend to make you feel even more hot and sweaty after a while. ..But lemon juice in any form is the best - have a great day
• India
25 May 09
i prefer water first. its very important that we drink lots of water. apart from it i prefer to have fresh fruit juice. when i say 'fresh fruit juices', i mean juice made a few minutes before from fruits directly. Canned fruit juices are a strict NO. as they contain preservatives and other additives which again is not good for health. Tender coconut is another favorite of mine, then comes fresh sugar cane juice - plain, with lemor or ginger. butter milk - again plain, or mixed with chilli, curry leaves, coriander leaves and ginger. there are many more, but for now i remember these only.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
25 May 09
Hi tulipstrader, thank you so much for your response..I too am not too fond of canned stuff or aerated water or drinks. my favorite drinks , like yours are fruit juices sugar cane juice, butter milk, lassi, aam ka panna and tender coconut water...they are all so refreshing and healthy too
• India
25 May 09
Hi Kiran On hot sulty summer days, the best (after water of course) are cool milk shakes and lassis. In one way its better coz this is the time when my son doesnt create a scene while having milk...I take cold milk, put in some Complan/Bournvita or whatever and a yummy milk shake is ready. I also make a lot of mango lassi at home (since this is the mango season) and we also have mango panna which is a very cooling drink. What is Shandy?
@cbeee3 (2064)
• India
16 May 09
Looking at all the responses, I feel like having something really cold to drink..;) For me, nothing beats the heat like H2O.Second on my list would have to be Tender coconut water,coz i don't want it to be too salty.Airated drinks, sweet drinks and salty drinks make me more thirsty.So that list is a no no for me. So lots and lots of water is what I like to beat the heat.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
16 May 09
Hi cbeee, Agreed, there is nothing more refreshing than a glass of cool cool water to quench your thirst on a hot summer's day ,ofcourse tender coconut water is another favorite summer drink and other than that fruit juices and butter milk are equally refreshing..
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@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
11 May 09
Coconut water/drink is a very healthful choice and I think that I would prefer that if it were fresh since it helps clean the stomach/intestines as well hydrate me :) And it tastes really good when served fresh and chilled :D I think my second choice would be cold barley tea :D Thanks for the response on my discussion!
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
11 May 09
Hi oyenkai, thank you so much for your response.Nice choice, i too feel that there is nothing more refreshing than tender coconut water and iced barley tea sounds Yummy! The other great thirst quenchers are fresh fruit juice made at home - i love Tomato/carrot juice which besides being refreshing is very healthy too..