Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tender Coconut Mint Cooler



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Coconuts are nature's IV bags! I vaguely remember reading somewhere about this.
During World War II and the Vietnam War, hospitals used coconuts as IV drips to rehydrate sick and unconscious patients. The hospitals with limited supplies of medicines, particularly during the war, sometimes run short. At one time they saw a bunch of soldiers come in with partial bodily paralysis and high fever. One of them was unable to take in fluids, and soon became severely dehydrated. The hospital was running low on IV bags. Somebody scaled a coconut tree and fetched a coconut down, careful not to crack the outer husk. Part of the husk was peeled away, exposing the eyes of the coconut. Doctors jabbed a large needle through one of them. The needle came out full of coconut meat, and so a new needle was inserted in the existing hole, and, presumably, sucked a little nutrition out of the original needle. The coconut was connected up to the IV tube, which was jabbed right into the patient. The man stayed hydrated with coconut water for two days, after which he recovered and regained his health.
I believe many of you would would have come across this story, but it reminds me of this every time I gulp down the nature's best water.

Hence, apart from the medicinal properties of coconut water, the intracellular fluid or the plasma best matches with the density of salts present in coconut water.
The glucose is easily assimilable and refreshes you instantly once consumed orally!

I can go on and on about the heavenly goodness.
 The peak summer is on in T.N, the temperature touching the perfect 40 deg and today I flavoured the tender coconut water with mint, for a change.


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Tender Coconut Mint Cooler

 For one serving,
 250 ml of freshly poured out tender coconut water if possible. It has a mild irresistible fizz.
 1/4-1/2 tsp of honey
 A pinch of finely minced mint leaves

Mix tender coconut water and honey in a glass jar to combine. Top with mint leaves and ice cubes.
Enjoy the cooler.



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These organic red tender coconuts are from our own groves in the native village. They are naturally on the sweeter side and hence I avoid adding honey, mostly.
The coconut meat was harder today when I poked the coconuts to pour out the water. Otherwise I also beat the chilled coconut water with the flesh (tender and transparent) in a juicer, add honey and top the frothy glass with mint leaves. You cannot have a better natural body cooler!

The simple drink received a good support in the family. The mint leaves and the coconut water complimented well with the dash of honey and mild yet bursting flavour of the mint leaves.


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This post is a hurried one which got me back to the space after a crazy fortnight.
So this if for the 5 sweet ladies around me ;  Jayanthi, Swapna, Somz, Veenz and Sisssy :) .

You know why! :)

27 comments:

  1. wow, that glass is so refreshing. Coconut Water is my favorite and this twist sounds superb, I am so going to try it out. Please do send it to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event (read the rules).

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  2. What beautiful captures, truly one cooler for the hot Indian summer, love your version of adding mint :)

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  3. simple but refreshing drink..

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  4. Deliciously refreshing drink. Must have been a delicious thirst quencher.

    Deepa

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  5. Mint is one of my favourite flavorants to any drink.This sounds very very refreshing.

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  6. refreshing cool and soothing drink.

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  7. WOwwwwwwwwwwww.... Very gorgeous pictures.. perfect for this summer.. thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Gorgeous clicks I can't take my eyes off and yup what better than ezhani to sip on a hot summer s day

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  9. Beutiful clicks Bharathy! Makes me want to drink some right now..

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  10. The second picture is aweinspiring! How did you manage that brimming click? All the pics are simply beautiful.

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  11. Lovely glass of refreshment.....like anjali said...second pic is awsome.."thulumbunnu freshness"

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  13. Ayyo karikkum vellam kudicha kaalam marannu... I want it now...

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  15. very interesting twist.. I love coconut water..Must try

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  16. That is a perfect summer cooler and quite refreshing too, beautiful clicks.

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  17. wow...perfect summer cooler and superlative clicks!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  18. jusss coolll n i can feel how good my tummy wld feel..

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  19. Awesome clicks.. And they are the nature's best refreshing ready made drink for us :) Love it anytime !!

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  20. Wonderful and natural body cooler, the nature's best refreshing drink..love it very much.

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  21. Bharathy, fantastic clicks and love the tender coconut. Can't wait for the summer to roll on here to try this. We get them in cans. You can try adding whole mint leaves to the ice-tray to make minty-ice cubes too...sorry it is so hot there. But, from my perspective, lucky you! I just can't wait for the weather to get decent here. We are so desperate that we made pina-colada smoothie tonight for dessert :)

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  22. Bharathy, sorry for the confusion. I did leave my comment earlier. But felt that the link to my pina-colada recipe that I enthusiastically left for you to see might look like I was high-jacking your post! My intention was to share it with you. Since you already know my website, I deleted my previous comment and left one without a link :) Thanks for the lovely comments in my posts. I did see you mention my name at the end and thanks for that too :) It was good to read about this lovely idea. How a simple addition of mint leaves adds so much to create something special out of a ordinary everyday drink! Great idea, Bharathy and keep them coming and I will surely try them all out :)

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  23. wonderful photo bharathy :) its tempting to have immediately !

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  24. The best health drink ever! Love the photos! The drink looks so refreshing and cooling!

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  25. wow super N healthy Drink, Nice Click

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  26. Healthy and refreshing drink...super clicks!

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