Almost half the summer has passed. While some suffer from heat, others enjoy delicious cold drinks and enjoy every moment. We are talking about the best drinks, cocktails, and lemonades from around the world: from Mexico to India. Each culture boasts its own selection of ingredients to create an unrivaled cold drink. Who knows, maybe after reading this article you choose your favorite for this hot summer? Here is the TOP 10 list of the most popular summer drinks which will not take long to prepare.
Neer More from India
Many countries, including India, suffer from a hot and at the same time humid climate. This has led to the spread and popularity of drinks that include dairy products (milk, cream). They are spicy and cold, which allows locals to forget about the hot summer for a while. Neer More is especially popular in the southern region where summer lasts 12 months. In addition to a pinch of salt, it contains buttermilk and savory spices that improve digestion. Sometimes Asafoetida is added to Neer More.
Horchata from Mexico
Mexico has become a popular tourist destination due to its climate and especially spicy dishes. However, the summer drink should offer something different and it does! Horchata is always saturated, cool, soft, and frothy. Regardless of whether you use milk or not, there are several main ingredients. Add cinnamon, sugar, almonds, rice, vanilla, and mix them. You can also add cow/almond milk to enhance the taste.
Latte E Menta from Italy
Many people thought that this cocktail is associated with a latte which is especially popular in Italy. And this is so because the locals like it so much that they drink it even in the summer! However, there are a few changes that make Latte E Menta beautiful, soft, and incredibly cold in different regions of Italy. Basically, this latte variety is made with a small amount of peppermint syrup and/or freshly ground peppermint. Taste of heaven!
Bandung from Malaysia
If you think sweet drinks are your best choice this summer, meet Bandung with condensed milk. The drink has a bright appearance and a pleasant taste thanks to rose water which attracts a lot of attention. The classic Bandung recipe includes a natural food coloring that is often used in Malaysia. Ice and sugar are additional ingredients for better taste. As a result, you have a beautiful, cold, and original summer drink!
Sour Plum Soda from Japan
There are so many varieties of cold soda, but you have hardly ever seen its variation with sour plums. Residents of Japan and some regions of China believe that this is the best ingredient for a sweet and sour drink that will help you forget about hot weather. After the first sip, you will feel the sweetness of sugar and the acidity of umeboshi (plums). Having tried Japanese soda you will be either happy or disappointed.
Kvas from Ukraine
Spending a hot summer in Ukraine, you will not find a drink more popular than Kvass. Due to the fact that this soft drink is sold everywhere, you can buy it and cool anytime. This fermented drink is not easy to recreate at home but you can still try. Today in Ukraine there are many options for Kvass, but each of them has a rich bread flavor. In addition to this component, you will need sugar, water, and a little honey for sweetness. As a result, you have a carbonated drink with a bread taste that instantly charges you with energy despite the high temperature.
Thai Iced Tea from Thailand
The cool drink is very popular in the Southeast regions of Asia. However, the largest number of its variations is represented precisely in Thailand. Walking along with the malls you will often meet a bright-orange drink due to strong tea. But you will taste the sweetness of condensed milk that is used according to the old recipe. The taste becomes diverse due to the large amount of ice that melts quickly.
Sujeonggwa from Korea
Would like dried persimmon punch? Perhaps it really sounds strange but you will be surprised how delicious it is! Locals make this drink with ginger, cinnamon, and lots of pepper. Thanks to its severity, it quickly quenches thirst and helps to enjoy the coolness even on the hottest day. A mixture of spices and persimmons is boiled for a long time and it takes time to cool. No doubt you will get a worthwhile result!
Hibiscus Ginger Punch from Jamaica
Due to the extremely hot climate, locals have found something more than a regular cold cocktail. As a result, they made the Hibiscus Ginger Punch from a live mixture of hibiscus and sugar/ginger to balance the taste. You will feel a unique taste. The sweetness of sugar complements the freshness of hibiscus while ginger adds spice. As you know, ginger improves the immune system, so the drink not only quenches thirst but also strengthens your body. Hibiscus is good for the liver and blood pressure.
Lemonade from Egypt
Did you know that the first mention of modern lemonade dates back to 1500 BC was found in Egypt? This is the most popular summer drink in history. That is why there are so many of its varieties today! Following a traditional recipe, this is a combination of water, lemon, and sugar. Instead of sugar, add honey and enhance the taste with mint. The drink has become so popular that you will find it far beyond Egypt. It is offered in different variations with fruits, berries, and even medicinal herbs.
You still do not know how to get rid of the heat? The 10 most popular summer drinks will help you get energy and enjoy every moment of this season. In addition, each of them can be made at home!