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Say Bye To Heat With These 7 Cooling Summer Beverages!

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Ahhh summer….The sun, the fun, and HEAT! Summer is here and so is the heat. During summer, the temperature rises to leave us tired and sweaty all day. Ensuring our body is hydrated at all times is the most important thing.

During the heat, our body loses lots of water due to excessive sweating. Hence, we need to replace all those water to avoid dehydration. Yes, drinking water is the main key here but you may also try other summer beverages to not only quench your thirst but to keep your body cool too.

Here are 5 simple beverages that you can try to keep yourself cool during the summer.

1. Pineapple Lemonade

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Refreshing, tangy, and tropical!

To make this traditional lemonade with a twist, all you need is to make a simple syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 6 cup water
  1. To make the syrup, simply combine sugar and 1 cup of water into a pot over medium heat. Stir all the sugar is dissolved and let it cool.
  2. In a jug, pour in your lemon juice, pineapple juice lime juice, and syrup. Add in 5 cups of water and let it chill in the fridge before you enjoy it.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

2. Watermelon Slush

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‘Watermelon sugar high’–Let’s get high with this watermelon slush using only 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of diced watermelon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime (optional)
  • 1 cup of ice
  1. Combine these 3 ingredients with 1 cup of ice into a blender and blend till it’s smooth. You can avoid adding lime juice if you prefer your beverage to be purely sweet. Lime juice just gives a light kick of a tangy feel.

You can let it chill in the fridge or serve immediately. It’s that easy!

3. Raspberry Peach Iced Tea

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Lightly sweetened yet refreshing drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 peaches
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar (any sweetener or honey)
  • Mint leaves
  1. Steep tea bags into 4 cups of boiled water and let it cool
  2. Blend the raspberries, peaches, and agave nectar till smooth. Strain the juice and set it aside.
  3. In a jug, mix together the tea and blended ingredients. Let it chill in the refrigerator.

You don’t have to blend all the raspberries and peaches, you can set some aside for garnish. Before serving, add some raspberries, sliced peaches, and mint leaves.

4. Blueberry Lemonade

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Back to lemonade again but this time we’ll go with blueberries. The perfect drink to cool you down on a hot day.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  1. To make the blueberry syrup, combine blueberries and sugar in a pot with 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir till the sugar dissolves and blueberries soften.
  2. Strain the mixture and let it cool.
  3. In a jug, pour in 5 cups of water, lemon juice, and syrup. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

You can serve it with ice. The blueberries give a pinkish purple effect letting you enjoy your beverage in a cool way.

5. Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

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We’re not done with lemons just yet. For this drink, there’s no syrup or straining needed. All you need to do is pit your cherries and throw everything else into the blender.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of cherries
  • 3/4 cups of lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups sparkling water
  1. Combine the cherries, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender and blend till smooth. Let it cool in the fridge.
  2. Serve over ice and sparkling water.

6. Strawberry Pineapple Mimosa

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Who doesn’t love a good mimosa? It’s an easy, refreshing, and fun drink. This recipe only requires 5 minutes of your time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  • 750 ml sparkling white wine (can be replaced with sparkling water)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced strawberries
  1. In a jug, mix the orange and pineapple juice. 
  2. Pour in the mixture in a glass, half full, and fill the other half with sparkling white wine or sparkling water.
  3. served immediately with sliced strawberries as garnish.

7. Easy Berry Sangria

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This beverage is so easy and a chockfull of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, it only requires 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 750ml rose wine or sparkling water
  • 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 raspberries
  • 1/2 blueberries
  • 1/2 blackberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 12 ounces lemon-lime soda or lemon/lime juice
  1. In a jug, mix together all the berries, sugar, and rose wine or sparkling water
  2. Let it chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  3. Serve with ice and lemon soda or lemon/lime juice.

There’s no right or wrong way to making these beverages. Feel free to mix and match fruits according to your taste buds.

These simple beverages are fancy enough for you to enjoy them during the hot season. Not only that, they are fruit-filled, kid-friendly, adult-pleasing and alcohol-free!

Have fun with your very own summer beverages today!

Sources: Damn Delicious

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Food Review: Other Than Coffee, These Are Recipes That Can Be Done With ‘Dalgona’

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The name ‘Dalgona’ has recently become famous all over the world. The word is actually under which it is most popularly known, comes from Korean. It usually translates roughly to “it’s sweet” and is also the name used for a honeycomb toffee snack sold by street vendors in Korea, which the sweet foam of the drink is said to recall.

There are actually a lot more recipes that can be done by using these ‘Dalgona’ ingredients. Many people in this whole wide world would definitely think of Dalgona Coffee right away when they are talking about Dalgona. Little did many people know, many things could really taste delicious by using ‘Dalgona’, and the recipes to make them are simple.

1) Dalgona Coffee

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Because Dalgona Coffee is made up of equal parts water, coffee, and also sugar, Dalgona Coffee tastes like a really sweet cup of coffee. The particular whip has a very smooth texture, almost like a meringue.

2) Dalgona Candy

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Dalgona Candy is actually sugar melted and also whipped with a little bit of baking soda so it puffs up, and you can eat it by itself. It doesn’t taste like coffee at all, which makes sense because there is no coffee in it.

3) Dalgona Cake

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The cake itself is a dense, yet still fluffy texture with a buttery, vanilla flavor. The whole cake has a thick layer of cinnamon sugar filling baked in the middle, which, with the addition of flour, stays thick and doesn’t melt into the cake, which is amazing.

4) Dalgona Ice Cream

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It is called Dalgona ice cream because that is what it is. This is one of the easiest coffee desserts to make. Coffee flavored desserts are one of many people favorite ways to indulge.

5) Dalgona Matcha

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Dalgona matcha tastes like matcha milk but with a thick and creamy airy texture that’s velvety and rich. It’s sweet and has a nice hit of matcha

Sources: Home Grounds, Hummingbird High.

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Food Review: Crispy And Creamy, Try These Local ‘Aiskrim Goreng’ In Ampang!

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From classic vanilla to durian to sea salt, the flavours of ice creams are just endless. Who doesn’t love ice cream? Cold and creamy, it is enough to relish the heat and to satisfy our taste buds at any time. We are well versed with the cold version of ice cream but have you thought about fried ice cream?

Yes, you heard that right! Fried ice cream is a popular dessert served in Asian eateries. Despite this, some people attribute its origins to non-Asian cultures such as American, Mexican, and even Polynesian. Whoever invented it, kudos to them for making such a delicious treat. If you’ve never had fried ice cream before, it’s ice cream that’s been frozen solid under extremely cold conditions, then coated with bread crumbs, pastry, or a batter of some form, and fried briefly to cook the exterior to a golden brown. But what makes it so delicious and well-liked by the masses?

Speaking of fried ice cream, here’s one I tried after the lockdown and it brings me back to the good old times. The odd thing about this fried ice cream is the person does the business using only his car. With a mini stove and icebox to store the frozen delicacies, Mr Syafiq runs his business around the Ampang area.

There are about seven flavours sold. They are:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Durian
  • Yam
  • Strawberry
  • Corn
  • Vanilla mixed with Chocolate

It only takes about 3 minutes to fry this frozen treat and once done, it is packed in a brown paper bag for you to enjoy it. Not only that, you can even purchase the frozen version and fry them by yourself at home. It is super simple.

My favourite would be the chocolate flavour because why not! I love how this fried ice cream looks like it’s something unique. Think about it. Ice cream and heat don’t get along but this fried ice cream says otherwise.

I’ve tried ice cream with cakes but I feel they become too soggy if left for too long. This fried ice cream, however, has a thick coating that becomes golden brown, crispy and crunchy after frying. And I just love how you get the best of both worlds in one bite. You get the crispy, hot coating followed by the creamy, cold ice cream. It’s just heaven! Also, the frozen cutlets look so adorable and easy to hold.

Mr Syafiq does not only sells them in his car but he also offers fried ice cream services for events. Booking fried ice cream for your function is gonna leave your guests awed for sure. You can find Mr Syafiq and his fried ice cream near Petronas Pandan Indah or near Tesco Ampang. If you can’t find him, no problem, you can directly call or Whatsapp him directly at number 017-3218040 to find his whereabouts.

Trust me, you definitely don’t wanna miss this amazing creation!

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(Video) Japanese Troops Devoured By Crocodiles In ‘Ramree Island Massacre’

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This particular incident of saltwater crocodiles devouring humans happened towards the Japanese troops occupying the Ramree Island in the Bay of Bengal during World War II in the early year of 1945. Those who had survived the battle reportedly did not fare well when they had to choose the doomed escape route across the crocodile-infested waters.

At the time, British forces needed an airbase in the area of Ramree Island in order to launch more attacks against the Japanese. However, thousands of the enemy troops held the island, causing an exhausting battle that went on for six weeks. The sides were stuck in a standoff until the British Royal Marines along with the 36th Indian Infantry Brigade outflanked a Japanese position. Maneuver split the enemy group in two and isolated about 1,000 Japanese soldiers.

The British then sent word that the smaller, isolated Japanese group should surrender. The unit was trapped and had no way to reach the safety of the larger battalion. But rather than accept surrender, the Japanese chose to make an eight-mile journey through a mangrove swamp. That is when things went from bad to worse. So horrendous. The mangrove swamp was thick with mud and it was slow-going. British troops monitored the situation from afar at the edge of the swamp. The British didn’t pursue the fleeing troops closely because the Allies knew what awaited the enemy inside this natural death trap that is saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptiles in the world. Typical male specimens reach 17 feet long and 1,000 pounds and the largest can reach 23 feet and 2,200 pounds. Swamps are their natural habitat, and also humans are definitely no match for the crocodiles’ speed, size, agility, and raw power.

The Japanese understood that saltwater crocodiles have a reputation for eating humans but they went into the mangrove swamp anyway. Soon after entering the slimy mudhole, Japanese soldiers began to succumb to diseases, dehydration, and starvation. Mosquitoes, spiders, poisonous snakes, and scorpions hid in the thick forest and picked off some troops one by one. Crocodiles appeared when the Japanese got deeper into the swamp. They are active at night.

Of the 1,000 troops who entered the swamp on Ramree Island, only a reported 480 survived. However, death toll estimates vary. What the British do know for sure is that 20 men came out of the swamp alive and were captured. These Japanese troops told their captors about the crocodiles. But exactly how many men died in the maws of the crocs remains unknown because no one knows how many troops succumbed to disease, dehydration, or starvation.

Sources: YouTube Simple History, History Of Yesterday, History Net.

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