Summertime Lime Cooler
I can’t speak for the rest of the country but down here in the southwest it is officially summertime. With the intense sun shining down throughout the day, I am constantly looking for ways to stay cool and refreshed. Being pitta predominant, I’m reminded of what my teacher, Dr. Lad, always says to us in class…"enjoy the sun…in the shade."
So, here’s a delicious lime cooler recipe that you can enjoy in either shade or sun!
- 1–1 ½ limes (depending on how tangy you like your beverages)
- 2 cups water
- 5 teaspoons fresh mint minced and ground
- 4 tbsp organic maple syrup (I use grade B)
- ½ teaspoon minced/ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds
Juice the limes and mix all of the ingredients together. Let the mint steep into the cooler for approximately 20 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
Sit outside and enjoy this cool and refreshing drink!
As a side note, keep in mind that wanting to stay cool in the summer doesn’t necessarily mean icing our beverages. In fact, we want to keep our beverages at the room temperature-lukewarm range. Our digestive fire (agni) tends to be weaker in the summer than in the winter, so we don’t want to douse our agni by adding cold beverages to it. Cool off using the inherent qualities of foods—both lime and maple syrup have cooling effects to our bodies. With these tips in hand, you’re ready to take on those scorching hot summer days!
For more info and guidelines on what foods to favor during this season, check out our Summer Guide.