A refreshing glass of this Melon and Cucumber Cooler is made in a jiffy and has too many plus points to list them here.
These wonderful fruits are available in the summer for a reason…and that reason is that they should be eaten! Or in this case, drunk, as a super cool, refreshing drink.
The Must-have Drinks for Summer
The dry, hot, harsh winds that blow across during the summer brings in many ills. But the most scary, silent and avoidable among them is the heat stroke. Merely gulping cold water is not effective and you still feel thirsty. Ditto for quaffing colas and other soft drinks (aargh!).
Invest in a built-in A/C that travels with you everywhere! All you need to do is to spend 5-10 minutes to make and drink copious amounts of the summer coolers. The Bael juice and the mango panna are staples I love to have. And also, buttermilk and lassi. And of course, a whole host of melon drinks!
Including melons is a great idea in any form. I made this drink with the pretty orange melon. I used the thin variety of cucumber, but you can add any that is available. All you have to do is to mix equal parts of chopped melon and cucumber in a blender. Wash and add fresh leaves of mint (pudina), some pink or black salt and sugar. Adding jeera or cumin powder is also an option. Blend well. Add a few ice cubes and serve with small bits of chopped mint.
PRO TIP: Freeze the blended mixture in the ice cubes. Take it out when you wish to have the drink and add water and mint leaves. Your juice is ready!
You can also make and take the blended mixture along, with ice cubes, in a wide-mouthed flask. Add water, mix and drink it at the time when you start feeling hungry in the mid-morning.
Healthy, low calorie and a totally must-have juice this summer. Go for it!
Melon and Cucumber CoolerCourse: DrinksDifficulty: Easy
10 minutes to the best summer cooler in town! Make this melon and cucumber drink blended with mint and feel their combined goodness refresh and hydrate you.
2 cups chopped melon
2 cups chopped cucumber
10-12 fresh mint leaves
1/2 tsp of pink/black salt
3 tsp sugar (or to taste)
1/4 tsp jeera powder (optional)
1/4 tsp pepper powder (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend till smooth.
- Add some chilled water and adjust consistency to desired level.
- Pour in tall glasses. Add chopped mint leaves and ice cubes.
- Serve immediately.
- If you want to make this ahead, pour the blended mixture into an ice tray and freeze. Unmould and store in sealed plastic bags or in a box. Label it with the date. Take out when needed and add water and finely chopped mint leaves. Enjoy!