Drink to health with summer sips in your summer vacations


As the weather heats up and we all find ourselves diving into the fridge for some thirst-quenchers, it doesn't take long before water and orange juice become pretty boring. Fear not! Unwind has collected up some great smoothies and mocktail recipes that are perfect for summer, as they're both nutritious and refreshing.

As the weather heats up and we all find ourselves diving into the fridge for some thirst-quenchers, it doesn't take long before water and orange juice become pretty boring. Fear not! Unwind has collected up some great smoothies and mocktail recipes that are perfect for summer, as they're both nutritious and refreshing.

Smoothies are great for breakfast & afternoon snacks while mocktails are nice evening coolers.

Thandai, Indian smoothie

This North-Indian thirst-quencher is tasty and cooling.
1) 1l milk
2) 1 can sweetened condensed milk
3) 30 almonds, blanched
4) 6 tsp pumpkin/sunflower seeds, unsalted
5) 1-1/2 tsp cardamom powder
6) 3 tsp rose water (optional)
7) Crushed ice
8) Rose petals to garnish

Grind the almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cardamom powder and rose water into a fine paste in a food processor.
In a blender, add milk, sweetened condensed milk and crushed ice to the paste. Blend well.
Strain through a fine sieve or muslin cloth.
Serve chilled, garnished with rose petals.
Servings: 6

Mock bubbly
Ingredients:
1) 2l ginger ale, chilled
2) 3/4 cup pineapple juice, chilled
3) 1 cup white-grape juice, chilled
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Keep cool until serving time.

Lemonade with an Indian twist
1) Juice of 4 lemons
2) Sugar or honey to taste
3) 2 tbs jaljira powder (available at most Indian groceries)
4) Chilled water
5) Crushed ice
6) Lemon slices to garnish
Squeeze all lemons to extract juice and strain the juice to remove seeds. Pour into a large jug. Add all the remaining ingredients to get desired consistency and sweetness. Mix well. Serve chilled, garnished with lemon slices.

Margarita mocktail
1) 1/4 cup sour drink mix
2) Splash of lime juice
3) Splash of lemon juice (or orange juice for a different twist)
4) Ice
Put all ingredients in blender. Blend until icy and smooth. Sprinkle salt on the rim of the glass and place a lime slice on it.

Shirley Temple mocktail

1) 1/2 cup ginger ale, chilled
2) 1 tbs grenadine syrup
3) Ice
Stir ingredients, pour over ice in a frosted glass and garnish with maraschino cherry.

Lemon fizz mocktail
1) 2 cups apple juice
2) 1/8 cup lemon juice
3) Soda water
4) Rind of a lemon
Combine apple and lemon juices. Fill glasses halfway with soda and top with the juice mixture.
Garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

How to make real lemonade
1) 5 lemons
2) 1 cup sugar
3) 1 quart water
Peel the lemons and put rinds in a bowl. Cover with sugar and set aside for 30 minutes. Boil water and pour over the sugar and rinds. Remove the rinds when cool. Squeeze the lemons in a separate bowl. Strain the juice and add it to the sugar mixture. Pour the lemonade over ice.

Berry blast smoothie
This smoothie is low on fat.
1) 1/2 cup raspberries
2) 1/2 cup strawberries
3) 1/2 blackberries
4) 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
(any type of berry yoghurt or plain yoghurt)
5) 1/4 cup low-fat milk or 1/2 cup fat-free milk
6) 2 cups ice
Blend until smooth.

Crunchy granola smoothie
For breakfast.
1) 1 cup milk
2) 1 banana
3) 2 tbs honey
4) 3/4 cup granola
5) 1/2 cup ice
Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Healthy smoothie
1) 1 cup frozen berries (blackberries,blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries)
2) 1 scoop of whey powder
3) 1 tbs flaxseed oil
4) 1 tbs ground flax seed
5) 2 tsp lemon juice
6) 1 tsp unsweetened cranberry juice
7) 1 pack Stevia
8) 8 ice cubes
9) 1 cup water
Blend until smooth. If needed, add a few ice cubes to thicken it up.

Lemon squeeze smoothie
Great after a workout.
1) Juice of a lemon
2) 1/2-inch fresh ginger
3) 1 mango
4) 1 banana
5) 1 tbs maca powder
6) 1 handful of cilantro
7) Coconut water or plain water
Blend all the ingredients, adding water until desired consistency is reached.


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