Friday, 9 March 2012

5 Very Cool Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat wave is just around the bend, so sit back at home (we know you don’t want to go out anyway!), pull the curtains and make it a movie matinee day with your favorite people and these drinks to beat the heat!!
We selected 5 awesome taste bud tantalizing drinks for you to try out.

1. Daaman Citrus Delight
If you love tea, but you don’t find it refreshing in hot weather, try this wonderfully fresh iced alternative. 
·         6 ordinary tea bags
·         2 tbsp sugar
·         10 mint leaves
·         300 ml fresh orange juice
·         1 lime juice
½ sliced orange, mint leaves and ice to serve


Make the tea with 1.2 liters water and the sugar. Add mint to the pot and infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and cool.
Pour into a jug, stir in the juices and serve with orange slices, mint and plenty of ice.

2. Karachi Kooler 
This citrus peach cooler is a refreshing drink, perfect for a day at any Karachi beach.

·         2 lemons, juice only
·         2 limes, juice only
·         1 lemon, thinly sliced
·         Nestle peach nectar
·         A few sliced strawberries
·         Mint leaves  
·         Lemonade


Put the lemon juice and lime juice into a large jug. Add the sliced lemon and lime, and a handful of ice cubes. Add peach nectar to fill about one-third of the jug and top up to fill with lemonade.
Add the strawberries and top up with mint sprigs.

3. Mocha Madness
A decadent iced coffee for a sunny afternoon and chocoholics. Serve in tall glasses for a retro treat.
·         85gm dark chocolate, 70% cocoa
·         1 tbsp coffee granules (even instant coffee would work)
·         700ml milk
4 scoops vanilla ice cream, plus extra to serve (optional)

Roughly chop 75g of the chocolate and put into a large jug with the coffee. Bring 300ml of the milk to boil and then pour over the chocolate and coffee mix, stirring to melt. Once melted, cool.
Tip the cooled mocha milk into the blender with the ice cream and remaining milk. Blitz until blended, and then pour into 4 tall glasses. Add an extra scoop of ice cream to each, if you like, then grate a little of the remaining chocolate on top.

4. Grape Fantasy (With 7Up)
Make your own grape juice by pureeing and straining fresh grapes for this sweet and tangy sparkling drink. If you have very sweet grapes, you might not need the full amount of honey. Taste as you go. For a special treat, freeze extra whole grapes ahead of time and float them in the drink along with the ice cubes.
   ·   4 cup(s) seedless red grapes, plus more for garnish
·         2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
·         2 tablespoon(s) honey
·         2 cups 7Up 
    Puree grapes in a blender. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add lemon and honey to the juice; stir until the honey is dissolved. Add 7Up. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with whole grapes.

5. Coconut Kela-Mela
This version of pina colada uses ripe bananas blended with fresh pineapple and coconut milk. Serve it in festive tropical-drink glasses.

·         2  very ripe bananas
·         1 cup(s) diced fresh pineapple, plus 4 wedges for garnish
·         1 cup(s) pineapple juice
·         1/2 cup(s) coconut milk (either fresh or canned)
·         3 cup(s) ice cubes
    Puree bananas, diced pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and ice in a blender. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple wedges.