19 May2008


Another interesting find besides the bone china at the Legazpi Sunday Market was some bottled pure cane juice. There used to be a vendor at either the Legazpi or Salcedo markets that would make freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and it was superb. This freshly squeezed, but then frozen version is a reasonable alternative. Surprisingly, sugar cane juice is not AS sweet as you might expect it to be, given the sweetness and concentration of it in granulated sugar, for example. I needed some items for a Sunday brunch and I thought serving cane juice would be a slightly unusual twist to the more typical bottled or even freshly squeezed juices…


Back at home, I tasted the cane juice and it was good, but I realized it suffered a tad from the bout of freezing if only for a day or two… it was murkier than the freshly squeezed product, but the taste was still very good and quite refreshing. I decided to serve it in a pitcher filled with ice and with five pieces of kalamansi squeezed into the pitcher to brighten the taste of the cane juice. Everyone thought it was a nice way to enjoy the cane juice.


I also tried it mixed with some Perrier or carbonated spring water, but it didn’t taste too good that way. I suspect this would also make a nice cane and kalamansi sorbet or frozen dessert.


The Pure Cane Juice stall at Legazpi had a list of benefits from drinking the juice, but I just like the taste of it. At PHP120 for the largest bottle, it easily made 6-7 glasses of drinks at the brunch. And it was a whole lot easier than buying the fresh sugar cane and trying to extract the juice yourself!




  1. alilay says:

    durimg my dad’s last days sugarcane juice is one of the things he ask for. i used to buy it in shoppesville in greenhills near the post office or if my brother is in manila in chinatown and brought home to the province in a cooler.

    May 19, 2008 | 6:59 am


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  3. alicia says:

    I really do love this blog! Such interesting and creative ideas..and the twists you come up with, with the otherwise mundane! I appreciate so many more things nowadays after reading this your posts. This juice concoctions sounds so refreshing, it makes me want to try it out immediately!

    May 19, 2008 | 7:54 am

  4. betty q. says:

    Hmmmm…It’s too bad Chinatown is 30 minutes away for me to purchase “tubo” …Looking at that pitcher, MM , I am thinking smushed up mint or maybe smushed lemongrass with ginger juice (for kick)…then strained and served in a martini glass…Hay, it sure is nakakauhaw!!!

    May 19, 2008 | 8:19 am

  5. carmen says:

    frutesca at market!market! also sells sugarcane juice

    May 19, 2008 | 9:14 am

  6. bagito says:

    betty q., between yours and MM’s ideas, “solb na solb” na talaga ‘ko! thank you!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 | 9:49 am

  7. wil-b cariaga says:

    street vendors and hawkers here in SG are selling freshly squeezed sugarcane juice. . . I just wonder why it is color green here, as in Philippines it is more like yellow . . . still refreshing though, i’ll try to bring home some next time and add kalamansi juice. . .:)

    May 19, 2008 | 10:19 am

  8. millet says:

    love the juice, but i love pitcher even more!

    May 19, 2008 | 10:20 am

  9. michelle says:

    I love your pitcher. Where did you get it? I’ve been trying to find one like it. A restaurant I frequent in Finland has them. They told me they ordered them from an Italian company that does restaurant supplies. Then I spotted one at a wine shop in Singapore. I thought it was too expensive.

    May 19, 2008 | 10:21 am

  10. betty q. says:

    Michelle: MM’s pitcher is an Ona…their signature thing is the off center handle…If you are in the US it is readily available at Crate and Barrel…price range about $16…I hope that helps you. You can order it on line as well and I think they will ship it to you…..That pitcher is a conversation piece as well….

    I would give anything to be invited even to a snack at MM’s house to see his awesome collection such as this !!!

    May 19, 2008 | 11:12 am

  11. Lyna says:

    I like your pitcher, Where did you buy it?
    Where I am, for calamansi juice, instead of sugar, people put samboy [red champoy]. Weird taste at the start but one gets used to it and starts craving especially on hot humid days!
    A cold sour/salty drink!

    May 19, 2008 | 11:57 am

  12. Lyna says:

    ha ha. I blogged before reading the others and everybody seemd to have asked the same question about the pitcher
    Thank you Betty Q for the information!

    May 19, 2008 | 11:59 am

  13. connie says:

    That’s a combination I wouldn’t thought of in a million years.
    Where I am, that’s one of the things I look forward to when going to the Asian Market, freshly squeezed sugarcane juice, that and a Vietnamese Banh Mi.
    Also this brings back childhood memories, growing up in the middle of sugarcane fields. After school, we would bring our bolos, slash the thickest sugarcane we could find then skin, snap and juice the sugarcane with our bare teeth. If my dentist only knew the abuse my teeth underwent as a child. We worked our teeth and jaws so well that even a snapping turtle would be intimidated. *giggles*

    May 19, 2008 | 1:14 pm

  14. Clarissa says:

    We used to have sugarcane juice during the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon where every few streets, you would see people selling it. But it was only a couple of months back i was able to try it with calamansi, from a food stall in Vietnam. I love the way it added a different taste to the otherwise sweet juice. They’d press the calamansi along with all sugar cane. i love it :)

    May 19, 2008 | 2:36 pm

  15. michelle says:

    Hey Thanks Betty Q.!

    May 19, 2008 | 3:50 pm

  16. noes says:

    my mother dear used to plant the white one. but some say that the red one is better.

    May 19, 2008 | 7:43 pm

  17. betty q. says:

    Michelle: Once in a while…check out e-bay…like today, there is an Ona pitcher BRAND NEW as well up for bidding and reasonably priced too…seller will only ship in the US though…if you see this comment today, e-bay is worth checking out!!!

    May 20, 2008 | 9:15 am

  18. michelle says:

    betty q. I actually checked it out!

    May 20, 2008 | 11:36 am

  19. Homebuddy says:

    With lots of sugarcane around here, will prepare this soon, although the problem would be how to extract the juice?

    May 20, 2008 | 12:01 pm

  20. betty q. says:

    Hey Homebuddy: Easiest way is to pass it thru a juicer…Another option:maybe cut them into small chunks, put them in a bowl and press with a heavy object. Wrap them in clean cacha and wring the cacha to extract the juice….might take you forever though to make ! pitchel….OR put the chunks in a blender or food processor and line a mesh strainer with cacha and put the sugar cane puree…might take you whole day to get the juice though!!!


    May 20, 2008 | 1:37 pm

  21. poging palengkero says:

    hoy marketman,

    yung sugarcane sa salcedo binebenta pati ang tubo kung gusto mo nguya-nguyain. tapos idura mo nalang sa market para hulihin ka ng tanod…..(joke).

    lily idontknowherfamilyname will squeeze as you order. o kaya bottled pwede din. she has a battery powered machine. pero itong version with calamansi mukhang masarap.

    May 20, 2008 | 2:52 pm

  22. dhayL says:

    Oh i love “tubo” back in the days, i love it cold, it’s so resfreshing during hot summer days! I didn’t know that you can make a fresh juice out of them, interesting! Thanks for the post!

    May 21, 2008 | 7:24 am

  23. CecileJ says:

    The pitcher is lovely! Makes the juice sosyal! (kaya lang it looks hard to clean?)

    May 22, 2008 | 1:44 pm

  24. Erica says:

    Hi! Could you send me info on how I can get some of that bottled sugarcane juice? I’ve never tried it! Looking forward to drinking one with and without calamansi!

    Jun 2, 2008 | 1:17 am

  25. leticia says:

    this is great.

    it gives me an idea what to bring back to milan after my vacation. my friends would appreciate this, im sure.

    their bilins include mango and other fruits from the philippines. does anyone know plane regulations on durian?

    maraming salamat!

    Jun 11, 2008 | 11:16 pm

  26. mujahidat says:

    this is interesting. i want to squeeze the juice myself. where can we buy the squeezer?

    Jul 6, 2008 | 3:01 pm

  27. Marketman says:

    mujahadit, I don’t know. A cane juicer is rather heavy duty, as it has to crush the rather thick and fibrous cane…

    Jul 6, 2008 | 3:08 pm

  28. kristine says:

    its great .and it can really cleanse your body

    Jul 17, 2008 | 5:23 pm

  29. bebot says:

    it looks like mojito

    Jul 20, 2008 | 9:12 am

  30. Ral says:

    Hello everyone,

    Sugarcane juice really tastes good especially if it is freshly squeezed with calamansi….(i mean drinking it right after it is squeezed, add cube ice – not the bottled one).

    it is actually very popular in singapore, india and australia.

    You can actually have it as an alternative drink during your special events – just for a change, and i’m sure your guests will love it.

    Not to mention the wonders it will do to your body.

    You can email me at ralcanejuice@yahoo.com if you are interested in trying it.

    Salamat po!!

    Jul 30, 2008 | 5:53 pm

  31. kongwi says:

    as one growing up in an household with sugarcane fields, just about before land reform, i and my siblings would have fresh sugar cane juice everyday during harvest season… we have a manual press and we would line up with our chosen cane and have it squeezed… leftover cane juice would be put in a clay jar, fermented and turned into cane vinegar…

    Aug 3, 2008 | 9:20 pm

  32. Lot Abadilla says:

    Hi, I learned that taking fresh sugar cane juice gives us a lot of health benefits. I would like to know how to extract fresh sugar cane juice. Is there an equipment needed to use to extract it?



    Nov 17, 2008 | 11:12 am

  33. Marketman says:

    Lot, you need a “press” made out of iron to squeeze the juice out of fresh cane.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 11:21 am

  34. Joel says:

    Kindly give me a list of stores where I can buy fresh sugar cane juice. I’m a big fan of this natural & healthy drink. Thank you

    Jan 6, 2009 | 12:26 am

  35. Ric de la Rosa says:

    I would like to know if there is a supplier of pure cane juice as i am planning to sell it this summer in my place in Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City.

    Salamat po.

    Mar 21, 2009 | 10:18 pm

  36. chimi says:

    I am startin to get so interested with sugarcane juice. A few minutes ago I was surfing d net tryn to do some research. Sad to say that contamination during the preparation is very much possible.Salmonella, E.Coli and Lactobacillus species were isolated from the juice. I am now startin to wonder if pasteurization or sterilization can damage the natural property. Do you have any idea about this? I would really love to hear them. Thanks.

    Mar 30, 2009 | 4:35 pm

  37. Kat says:

    Where can I buy fresh sugar cane juice? :) Thank you! :)

    May 17, 2009 | 10:52 pm

  38. skip says:

    In Guyana cane juice is easily found with street vendors.They use a manual metal press.My father used a wooden press in the earlier days.This was common with the many indigenous tribes of Indians in Guyana.We knew nothing about “kalamansi” juice,but a little bit of lime juice adds flavor,and “settles” the minute solid particles which pass through the straining process.When “home made” it is delicious on a hot day.Sad to say,the street vendors “water it down” with too much ice.Great memories of Guyana.

    Jun 11, 2009 | 9:19 am

  39. ychexz says:

    wat is the recipe of the sugarcane juice drinks?

    Jul 8, 2009 | 8:10 pm

  40. ychexz says:

    i just want to know. coz the topic in my feasibilty tacles about it.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 8:12 pm

  41. Rosanna Mendoza says:

    I would like to inquire if there are any franchise of this product. I’m interested to have one outlet here in bataan

    Dec 15, 2009 | 4:18 pm

  42. Pogi says:

    hi ALL,

    We re into sugarcane platation, approximately 100 hectares. All natural. anybody interested to buy the canes? =)


    Feb 20, 2010 | 10:49 pm

  43. redsa says:

    To Pogi, I’m very much interested, as I am looking for a supplier for sugarcane.

    And to any other sugarcane suppliers out there, I am willing to order at least 10 kilos a week.

    Email me at vietkitchen.info@yahoo.com. Thanks!

    Feb 26, 2010 | 12:17 pm

  44. Jack Hammer says:

    Wow !!!
    This post is still getting comments. Not at all Amazing !! As all people from Bombay are familiar with the Road-side sugar-cane juicing machines. We dont add sugar and/or water, just Ginger and Indian Lime which is crushed along with the sugar-cane, whose juice is invariably sweet. The benefits of this juice are refreshing and nutritious as well as a pick-me-up, in the Hot Summers.
    Wonder why I did not see this in Market Places in Manila or Quezon city.
    I would surely like to start one Kiosk in the near future. I have even seen Crushers which run on Diesel, here in India.

    Mar 23, 2010 | 5:41 pm

  45. tony says:

    hi pogi

    i am looking for sugar cane supplier here in manila ,
    can you please email me at


    to all sugar cane supplier also.

    Apr 23, 2010 | 12:10 pm


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