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Beat the heat with summer drinks
As the temperatures in the city fluctuates between 32-36 degrees in an average, it has become imperative that you remain hydrated throughout the day. Be it fresh fruit juice, cold mocktails or other beverages, the following are sure to quench your thirst, as well as keep you energised for the rest of the day.
• Fresh Mango Juice – The ripe ones are just beginning to make their mark into the markets, but that does not mean that juice vendors have stopped stocking on green ones. Be it ripe or raw, your personal choice of mango, either way, is a sure-fire thirst refresher, soothing your body with every sip. Want to spice things up, don’t forget to add black salt in your green mango juice.
• Lemonade – The best of the best, as well as the cheapest of the lot. At Tk. 5-10 per glass, it is available literally everywhere, with variations here and there as to adding saline or a sachet of Tang into the mix. Hygiene issues, however, mire this supreme drink from taking the top spot.
• Strawberry Smoothie – Delectable vanilla ice cream, liquid milk and Hershey’s strawberry syrup, need I say more? Most food carts these days add blenders into their portable kitchen, ensuring that this easy-to-prepare drink can be made instantly. Priced as low as Tk. 40 in some places, this also comes in mango flavour!
• Cold Coffee/Chocolate Cold Coffee – The drink of the decade, according to a section of food lovers. Iced coffee, or mixed with bournvita, is another economy drink which is taking Dhaka by storm. This also appeases all the upscale foodies who usually would not experiment with food carts.
• Oreo Shake – This is also a popular drink among the youth and children, as a scoop of vanilla ice cream and crumbled pieces of this sinfully-delight biscuit is a joyful combination. But don’t be fooled in most places, as they do not serve Oreos, but the local variety, Doreo, to save expenses. Make sure that the price is set accordingly. You would not want to pay more than Tk. 50-60 for a few cookie crumbles which costs Tk. 20 a packet.
• Sugarcane Juice – A rather controversial inclusion, as most will sway away from this choice, but this is the ultimate drink, in my opinion. A sip of real sugary bliss will satiate your thirst like no other drink can, period. But hygiene issues regarding how it is grinded and mixed with questionable ice blocks are a sure-call for jaundice aspirants.
While these can be found in portable food/drink carts, there are a few outlets across the city which will appease even the staunchest of health-conscious. They are:
• Thanda Garam – Dhaka’s premier juice bar, enough said. With branches at Dhanmondi, Baily Road, Gulshan 2 and Uttara, they stock fruit extracts from almost all the fruits possible, which can be preserved for a minimum of six months. This means that you can find even the most impossible fruit juices at times when it is not even in season. Our recommendation will be green mango, olive, wood apple and strawberry. They serve juices at 100ml, 250ml, 500ml, one litre or even more on request.
• Takeout – Odd choice, but the popular burger joint of Dhanmondi Shimanto Square serves some of the best milkshakes at very reasonable prices. You can order any of their wide array of shakes with options from ice cream flavours, such as vanilla, strawberry, chocolate or mango. Try their Dairy Milk Silk Shake with a scoop of strawberry ice cream or Kitkat Shake with chocolate ice cream, you will not be disappointed.
• Popeye’s – Also relatively new and rising in popularity, their shakes and smoothies are served with scoops of ice creams, so you get your drink with both a straw and a spoon. They have branches all over the city.
• Heart World – A spin-off from Popeye’s and Apon Coffee House, they serve dollops of ice cream along with various sweet condiments such as sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate bars and even ice cream chocobars. Try their chocolate overloaded at Tk. 150, you will have a hard time finishing it off.