• Thursday, March 05, 2015


Summer sipping

By Rukhsara Osman

Sometimes all you need to make you go running to the fridge for something cold and sweet to gulp down is to watch someone pour a drink in a glass filled with ice. Living through the hot Dhaka summers is a bit painful at times. Sitting under the fan going so fast it's about to fall off and sipping a chilled refreshing drink makes up for it in so many ways. Try some of the drinks I am sharing with you this week, they will be the drinks I swear by this summer.

Summer sugar high
If you had an awesome childhood, it would mean you had an amazing brother to make you iced Milo during your summer vacations! I hereby give you the perfect (at least so far, to my knowledge) Milo drink!
1½ heaping tablespoons of Milo
1½ tbsp of condensed milk, 3 tbsp of hot water, 1 cup cold milk, ½ brownie (I like the Kings Confectionary one)
Put all the ingredients expect the milk and brownie in a blender and mix well. Add the brownie, 6 cubes of ice and cold milk together and blend. Serve over a tall glass with three ice cubes.
Watermelon blast
It's watermelon season now.  Everywhere you turn you see heaps of them. It's just the best summer treat.  In this heat a little addition of coconut water will keep you hydrated and happy!
6 cups seedless watermelon, diced,
2 cups coconut water, 1 lemon, sliced
Sprig of mint, Ice
Sugar to taste (optional)
In a blender, puree watermelon and coconut juice until well blended. Add sugar to taste. Crush some ice. Stir through drink. Add ice cubes to glasses. Pour drink on top of ice. Add a sprig of mint and slice of lime.

Pink smoothie
It is a light, healthy smoothie that makes me happy. Yes, a happy smoothie for happy tummies and a happy summer. Just a suggestion -- if you are not a fan of coconut water use a cup of yoghurt and a splash of water to thin it out.
About 10 cups cooled watermelon cubes
1 big apple,
1 banana
Handful of strawberries
Handful of mint
1 cup coconut water
Chuck all into blender and whiz it up. Enjoy fresh.
Juice for a healthy skin
This is a beautiful skin elixir! It's the best for summer and makes your skin smooth from the inside. The other upside to this is that it's yummy!
½kg carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 apples, quartered and cored
1 inch of ginger, peeled
1½ cups of water
Cut the carrots and apples into medium-sized pieces and layer them in the blender. Add the ginger and water to the blender. Blend until a fairly smooth puree is reached. Filter through cheesecloth or muslin.

Photo: Star Lifestyle Archive

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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