I donâ€™t normally order a fruit drink or shake at restaurants. I am addicted to Diet Coke or on occasion, a San Miguel Light. But as soon as we sat down at Myronâ€™s, Mon Eugenio suggested we try their black plum or white or red grape shakes, so we did. Our table of 5 ordered two black/red plum, 2 red grape and 1 white grape shakes. The plum shakes were excellent, with terrific color, bursting with flavor and just right sweetness. The grape shakes were less intense, but delicious nonetheless. And if you donâ€™t like much added sugar, ask them to serve it on the side (though itâ€™s harder to mix into the slush). I can see myself consuming several of these shakes at the beach or for merienda with some tortaâ€¦
Back home, I decided to experiment and made my own plum and red grape shakes. They turned out pretty good and they were incredibly easy to do. For the plum shake, buy ripe red or black plums (the latter tend to be bigger and juicier and possibly bolder flavor) and leave them on the kitchen counter until they are at the peak of ripeness/juiciness. Peel a plum and remove the seed and chop coarsely, with skins and pulp. Put it in a blender with some sugared water, ice and a bit of cold water and blitz away. A few tries will get you the preferred proportions and sweetness. Serve immediately and drink while the ice melts. I did the same with red grapes and the drink was also good, though the â€œaphudnessâ€ or â€œmapaklanessâ€ (what is that in English???) of the grape skins made this less favored by those seeking pure sweetness. I liked it a lot. Try it with green grapes and instead of sugared water, add white grape juice as the sweetener. These are great drinks to have for a brunch or in between meals. With some fruit, water and just a little sugar they are delicious, filling, refreshing and relatively healthy!