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!