The sweltering summer is at its peak these days and it seems like there is no respite from the scorching heat in the coming days. And while we wait for the monsoon showers to get some relief from the heatwave, all we can think of are the ways to stay hydrated and prevent heat strokes that are common instances during such weather conditions. Loading up on chilled beverages seems to be one of the best options in the summer season - after simply eating up all the ice from the freezer, of course!
Since it is the season of many delicious fruits such as mango, melons and litchis, fresh juices and coolers will obviously follow. Litchi (or lychee) is a sweet and pulpy fruit that comes with the goodness of essential nutrients but is available for only a very short period of time during the summer season. Its high water content, almost 81%, helps keep our body hydrated for long and is also rich in carbohydrates, which mostly comes from the natural sugar found in abundance in it. This makes litchi one of the most preferred fruits to prepare chilled coolers during the hot and sultry weather.
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Litchi and ginger cooler is one such beverage that not just boasts of a refreshing, minty flavour but also a whole lot of nutritive goodness! Litchi-ginger cooler is made with an eclectic mix of deseeded and peeled litchi with basil leaves, jaggery syrup and chilled water, blended together to a smooth drink. The addition of ginger post this adds a pungent flavour to the drink along with essential nutrients. The drink is refrigerated for an hour and served with ice cubes and garnishing of basil leaves.
Ginger is a nutritive herb that can spruce up a simple dish and also make it a healthier one. With nutrients such as potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium, ginger is known to aid in digestion, fight cold and flu and ease joint pain to a great extent due to the high anti-inflammatory properties present in it.
Find the full recipe of litchi ginger cooler here. Try it at home and let us know your experience in the comments section below.
About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.