Over the last 2.5 years of keeping this food blog, I have posted several ways to enjoy locally available, tropical fruits in juice or shake form. It amazes me that so many folks turn to instant juice drinks with hardly any fruit juice in them at all, or worse, powdered drinks with artificial flavors and colorsâ€¦ Now that it is the height of summer, why not take a little more effort to enjoy one of these delicious options to cool downâ€¦
My favorite juice from the following selection must be the santol juice that I finally figured out how to make. It is so simple to do, results in such a distinct, clean and clear flavor that is utterly refreshing, particularly when served ice cold. If you havenâ€™t made it yet or you havenâ€™t done it in years, it is the perfect way to use up those santol fruit in your backyard, your neighborâ€™s tree or buy some at the nearest market! Having said that is my favorite juice, I now have incredible problems listing out the others that are also so good. I did a post on ripe mango shakes that if done right, are nearly perfect drinking. If you are lucky and can get a hold of some Sagada oranges, they made a FANTASTIC pure orange juice that I can still taste months after making it. We canâ€™t forget the classic kalamansi juice, but perhaps a bit more unusual and sophisticated are the flavors of Dayap & Dalandan juices. I also featured fresh pineapple shakes (despite an allergy to pineapple) and early on, a feature on watermelon shakes, seeds and all! Fresh Buko juice is often overlooked in our modern diets, and so is Buko Pandan Juice. Oh, and how can I not mention Cantaloupe or melon juice with those strands of melon at the bottom of the glass? They arenâ€™t native fruits but they are increasingly available in groceries, so I also throw in my plum and grape shakes that are also incredibly fruity and refreshingâ€¦ I hope you have the time to enjoy some of these juices in the weeks ahead!