The summer heat and humidity certainly came along with the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend here in New York City. While the actual summer solstice is a still a few weeks away, the qualities of summer, or what Ayurveda refers to as Pitta season, are in full swing. Pitta is made up of fire and water and its qualities are hot, oily, sharp and spreading. As one of Ayurveda’s core principles is “Like Attracts Like and Opposites Balance” hot and humid temperatures signal it is time to introduce cooling, calming, and slightly dry drinks and foods. It also means you should reduce Pitta aggravating foods such as salty, sour and fried foods, onions, garlic, vinegar and other fermented foods, coffee and alcohol.Now anyone who knows me knows I am not going to let summer come and go without having a glass of rose…or two…BUT to balance out those days I have included a recipe for a simple refreshing summer drink from my favorite go to “The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook.” The combination of lime juice, which is less heating than lemons, cardamom, which is a sweet, cooling spice, and coconut sugar creates a delightful and easy to make summertime drink.
See recipe below and enjoy!
3 cups water
¼ cup lime juice (juice of about 2-3 limes)
¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
Mix all of the ingredients in a small pitcher or glass jar. Pour into glasses and enjoy!