This summer, expect to sweat profusely as the sun scorches your body.
How do you defend yourself against it? Why don’t you try these refreshments:
Easy to prepare, Orange juice is a common beverage to serve at home. You can also try other flavors, but orange has become the staple one and the mango flavor makes you cough.
There was always this neighbor who sold ice candy in summer when we were kids. Be it just frozen orange juice or a more flavorful one (like Milo!), it was always and will always be a bestseller.
The Filipino version of the popsicle. Ice drop vendors are available everywhere even inside the school campus. So when you hear the sound of “kiling-kiling-kiling”, look for the man who carries an ice bucket. Warning, sometimes the ice drops from the stick so be careful.
Being a tropical country, the Philippines is home to a lot of coconut trees. We all know that when theres coconut, theres always buko juice! A singer named Jireh Lim even composed a song about it.
Being a tropical country, the Philippines is – oh wait, I’m repeating the last paragraph. But seriously, mango is our national fruit and its not surprising how many desserts and beverages we can prepare from it. Mango shaved ice is a cool dessert made of shaved ice, mango and evaporated milk. Its a simple refreshment yet so cool.
If you have a blender, you can prepare any kind of fruit and (well, you know) blend them. Its a healthy beverage and good if you’re on a diet.
You can find one on the streets. Samalamig is a cold beverage that contains sago (tapioca pearls) and gulaman (gelatin). Samalamig is a cool refreshment you can dig.
Sorbetes is a Filipino ice cream and the vendor who sells it is aptly called mamang sorbetero. Sorbetes is so ingrained in our culture that theres an urban legend about how mamang sorbetero put snot on his ice cream to enhance the flavor, hence it’s called dirty ice cream. It’s not important if it’s true, we love it!
Nothing beats the pure taste of cold water. Its refreshing and costs almost nothing at all! It’s especially good for those who are on a tight budget.
Summer wont be complete without the superstar, Halo-halo. TV personality and chef Anthony Bourdain describes it as oddly beautiful, theres no arguing Halo-halos one of the best refreshments you can get this summer.