Cantaloupe Strings Dessert Drink
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It’s July. The hot, summer days are here. Relax with a Cantaloupe Strings Dessert Drink and enjoy the refreshing ice cold, plump melon strings sweetened by some limey calamansi. It’s a sure signal summer is definitely here.
There’s no turning back. Put away those winter recipes for now. The lazy hot days are here for a while. It’s time to whip out those cold beverage recipes.
One of our classic family favorites is this Cantaloupe Strings-Calamansi cooler. If you notice, I used a melon or cantaloupe scraper to make it. This is a tried and true Filipino kitchen gadget that’s sharp and quick to make those spaghetti-thin melon strings. For as long as I remember, our family has always prepared cantaloupe drinks this way. This is why when we moved to America years ago, I made sure to pack this little tool in my suitcase. And every time family and friends from Manila ask me what I want from back there, I always say “ send me a cantaloupe – melon grater” ~ a request that has always come back with a puzzled response like “Really, you don’t have those there?”
Nope, we don’t have these Filipino graters here in American kitchen stores . But don’t fret, if you don’t have one, use a regular fork to scrape some melon tendrils and you’re all set.
The sweet, fruity cantaloupe aroma is so inviting and when you mix in a few tablespoons of calamansi juice, the Filipino lime, then you’ll wish you could have this refresher all year long. And why not ? So long as you got the cantaloupes and the citrus, you can make this drink all the time. Your family will love this, that’s a guarantee! It’s fruity, it’s refreshing,it’s healthy, it’s easy to do. It’s the perfect beverage for sunny summer days or any day you desire.
WATCH my TV clip when I made this Cantaloupe Strings-Calamansi Dessert Drink on “Halo-Halo with Kat Iniba” LA18 TV which aired in California and Hawaii. Click the YouTube video here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywHO7X_wMGw
A big THANK YOU to FOODISTA.com, a highly curated food and drink site for featuring this “Melon- Calamansi Fruit Drink” as Drink Blog of the Week on July 31, 2012. Cheers!
Cantaloupe Strings Dessert Drink
- grater for cantaloupes
- 2 whole fresh, ripe cantaloupes halved, seeded (save the seeds for melon juice)
- 6 Tablespoons calamansi juice fresh or frozen concentrate
- 8 cups cold water add more if needed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- for serving :ice cubes
- Slice the cantaloupes in half, set aside the seeds in a separate bowl for later use.
- Scrape the cantaloupe meat into thin, long strips using a Filipino grater (or use a fork). *Note: Some friends use a mandolin to make the strips or strings.
- Place the cantaloupe strings in a pitcher.
- Put the cantaloupe fruit seeds on a sieve over the strings. While pressing against the seeds, pour the cold water over it to extract the essence and melon flavors.
- You should have about 7 to 8 cups of cantaloupe water. Discard the seeds.
- To the cantaloupe water, add the calamansi concentrate, sugar, honey. Mix well to dilute sugar.
- Pour the liquid into the pitcher of cantaloupe strings. Chill for a few hours. Serve cold in individual parfait glasses.
- Cook’s Comments: The calamansi is the Filipino lime. I have used it as an ingredient in past posts. You can buy the frozen calamansi concentrate in Asian groceries or online sources that offer Filipino ingredients. If not convenient, substitute with Meyer lemons and it’s just as delicious.
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This drink looks delicious, especially for this very hot July day! I recently found your blog and as a Filipino who loves to introduce our motherland’s food to my French-Filipino-American family, it’s a treasure 🙂
Hi Catherine! Nice to hear from a fellow Filipino foodie. This is such a classic Melon-Calamansi cooler. Hope you get to try it. Thanks & come visit again soon!
I love this Filipino invention of melon grater! Brilliant idea and this drink looks so good. Calamansi juice is a new item but I am sure I love this juice. =) I always pick fresh melon when I go to this Mexican restaurant… fresh juice is addicting…
Hi Nami, yes this is just a delightful gadget/tool for fruit or vegetables. Do you have one? And yes, do try the calamansi, you’ll love the limey tart flavor!
oooh I wish I had some of this now..it’s 110!
Have a great 4th!
Thanks, Squishy Monster! Happy 4th, as well !
This looks so delicious. In india we make something similar, we add cardamom powder and some sweetener. Great photos.
Thanks, Aparna! Your melon fruit drink sounds fantastic — I must try your idea,too. Glad you stopped by!
I had completely forgotten about this drink until I saw your post. My Mom had made this for me a few times growing up. I’ll have to try it, now that I have the recipe. Masarap!!
Thanks, Michelle! This cantaloupe-calamansi cooler is simply the best, isn’t it?! Glad you came by 🙂
Thanks for the copy of this recipe.
Enjoy the Cantaloupe-Calamansi beverage, Bernadette!