10 Desi Summer Drinks To Beat The Heat

Waquar Habib

Aam Panna (Maharashtra)

Aam Panna is a popular tangy and sweet cooler made from green mangoes in Maharashtra. It's flavoured with cumin, black salt, and mint, offering a perfect blend of sourness and sweetness. Known for its heat-resistant properties, it's a go-to drink during hot summers.

A glass of Aam Panna for the summer season | Shutterstock

Thandai (Uttar Pradesh)

Thandai is a traditional milk-based drink from Uttar Pradesh, infused with nuts, seeds, and spices like fennel, rose petals, and cardamom. It's associated with the festival of Holi and is known for its refreshing, aromatic, and rich flavours.

A satisfying glass of Kesar Thandai | Shutterstock

Jigarthanda (Tamil Nadu)

Jigarthanda is a unique cooler from Madurai made with milk, almond gum, sarsaparilla syrup, and ice cream. This sweet, thick drink is a local favourite, perfect for beating the intense South Indian heat.

Jigarthanda being consumed to beat the heat | Shutterstock

Neer Mor (Tamil Nadu)

Neer Mor is a spiced buttermilk drink from Tamil Nadu, made with yoghurt, water, and spices like cumin, ginger, and green chillies. It's known for its digestive and cooling properties, keeping you hydrated and cool on hot days.

Delicious serving of Neer Mor | Shutterstock

Phalsa Sharbat (Punjab)

Phalsa Sharbat is a sweet and tangy summer cooler from Punjab made from phalsa berries. It's known for its refreshing and thirst-quenching properties, making it a popular choice in the hot summer months.

A big glass of Phalsa Sharbat | Shutterstock

Piyush (Maharashtra)

Piyush is a rich and creamy Maharashtrian drink made from shrikhand (sweet yoghurt dessert) mixed with buttermilk. Flavoured with saffron, cardamom, and nutmeg, it is a thick and refreshing beverage, perfect for Maharashtra's hot climate.

A glass of Piyush | im_kkrish/instagram

Chaas (Gujarat)

Buttermilk, known as chaas, is a popular summer beverage in Gujarat. It is made by diluting yoghurt with water and adding spices like roasted cumin and salt. This refreshing drink is widely consumed to stay cool and hydrated during the summer.

A full tumbler of Chaas | Shutterstock

Sol Kadhi (Maharashtra)

Sol Kadhi is a refreshing pink-hued drink from the coastal regions of Maharashtra, made from coconut milk, kokum, and spices like garlic and chillies. It aids in digestion.

A satisfying glass of Sol Kadhi | Shutterstock

Bael Sherbet (West Bengal)

Bael Sherbet is a traditional drink from West Bengal made from the pulp of bael fruit. It is known for its medicinal properties, cooling effect, and aid in digestion, making it popular during the hot summer months.

A glass of refreshing Bael Sherbet | Shutterstock

Kokum Sherbet (Goa)

Kokum Sherbet is a popular drink from Goa. It is made from kokum fruit, known for its tangy flavour and cooling properties. This bright red drink is made by combining kokum with sugar, cumin, and sometimes mint, providing relief from the region's tropical heat.

Two refreshing glasses of Kokum Sherbet | Shutterstock

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