A day off, inundating smell of the wet soil, raindrops falling outside the window, now imagine you cosied up inside in a blanket with a book and your monsoon cravings completed with some yummy food and a refreshing beverage. Feels like heaven on earth, right?

The weather is perfect now and here we are going to spoil you with choices between 10 delicious and refreshing beverages  to enjoy in the rains.

1. Masala Tea

Masala Tea
Masala Tea

Many Indians believe that a hot piping cup of Masala Tea (Chai) is enough to solve their life problems. It’s soothing, comforting and above all highly refreshing. It is also quite easy to make, add tea leaves to boiling water and then simply milk and some sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil and voila your tea is ready. Now to infuse some extra powers into this beverage you can add either ginger and elaichi, or both when you boil it. Strain it into a cup and sip it while it is still hot. Dipping some biscuits in the chai would just elevate the experience.

2. Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona Coffee
Dalgona Coffee

You will definitely recollect how to make the Dalgona coffee from the initial days of the pandemic. The whipped coffee is easy to make at home and will give you some high-end cafe feels. Start with whisking coffee, sugar and boiling water for 5 minutes by hand or with an electrical whisk to make a thick mixture. If you are in the mood for a hot beverage, boil some milk, put it in a glass and then top it off with the frothy coffee mixture. For a cold drink, put some cold milk in a glass and then put the mixture on top. Stir well before drinking.

3. Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa
Hot Cocoa

You might be drinking either tea or coffee every day, but the cold weather makes for a great opportunity to be sipping on some hot chocolate or hot cocoa. The drink uses melted chocolate or drinking chocolate that has lesser sweetness and a thicker consistency. To make the drink; simply mix cocoa, sugar and some salt in a mug and then fill it with hot milk. To add to the prettiness of the drink, garnish with a marshmallow and some chopped chocolate pieces. Chocolate can also help lift your mood if it’s gloomy weather, so enjoy this refreshing drink while you read your favourite novel on the balcony.

4. Milkshake

Milkshake
Milkshake

Who said, one cannot enjoy cold beverages in cold weather. Love berries, bananas or any other fruits? Grab one or all of them and make yourself a perfectly filling milkshake. In a mixer; add your fruits, some full cream milk, some sugar and blend it nicely. Once you get good consistency pour it into a mason jar and top with some fruits. Enjoy your drink while you watch your favorite TV show.

Also Read: Monsoon Cravings: Yummy Food To Eat In Rainy Season

5. Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee
Filter Coffee

Filter Coffee or Kaapi is a famous native drink to South India. The coffee takes a good long process to be made, but is definitely worth it all. Filter Coffee tastes best when made using ground coffee from the Southern States of India. Add coffee powder to the top perforated container and place it on the lower container, pour boiling water over the powder and cover it with the press. Allow the mix to drip in the lower container, take the drained solution in a cup (a steel glass for some authentic experience) and add hot milk to it. Add sugar, mix well and be ready to drink.

A little inside secret, add a few pods of elaichi while boiling the milk and strain it.

6. Kesar Haldi Doodh

Kesar Haldi Doodh
Kesar Haldi Doodh

Another speciality from India, Kesar Haldi Doodh (Saffron Turmeric Milk) is a perfect ailment to keep you both warm and healthy during the monsoon season. Boil some milk, add a pinch of turmeric, a few strands of saffron, sugar and bring this mix to a boil. Finally, pour in a cup and enjoy while hot. The Golden milk is best for monsoon as turmeric boosts your immunity while saffron has inflammatory properties helping fight diseases. Drink this hot beverage at night to sleep better.

7. Spicy Almond Milk

Spicy Almond Milk
Spicy Almond Milk

This delicious beverage will be the best to sip on while you stare at the rains from the window. Take some almond milk and bring it to a boil with ingredients like honey, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. Pour it into a cup and enjoy the yummy and low-calorie drink.

8. Lemon Honey Tea

Lemon Honey Tea
Lemon Honey Tea

Time for a dairy-free hot beverage on the list. This is the easiest to make also. Just dip your Lemon Honey tea bag in some hot water and your tea is ready to be enjoyed. This warm cup of tea filled with the tanginess of the lemon and the sweetness of honey will not only refresh you but also lift your spirits.

Also Read: Mumbai Street Food Guide – What and Where to eat

9. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green tea originates from Japan. Enjoy this drink in monsoons as it is filled with antioxidants and vitamins and also boosts your energy. This drink is definitely a healthy, delicious and refreshing choice for a rainy day. Just mix your Matcha powder in hot water, stir and sip. Adding milk to Matcha is not advisable.

10. Iced Latte

 Iced Latte
Iced Latte

Let’s finish this list on a cold note. An Iced Latte is a perfect way to get your daily shot of caffeine in the body and irrespective of the weather who can say no to an Iced Latte. Mix sugar in hot espresso and stir it nicely. In a tall glass, put some or loads of ice (who’s watching) and put in the sweetened espresso. Pour cold milk over the ice, stir well and enjoy your drink.

So if the rains don’t stop and mess up your outdoor plans, you better take advantage of the opportunity. Make one of the drinks mentioned above in the list, lay back and enjoy your day. Every state in India boasts of its own unique cuisine and favourite beverages that you definitely need to try during your India tour.

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