Melon Sa Malamig (Filipino Melon Drink)
Source: Aileen Suzara, Sariwa
This recipe was demonstrated for CUESA’s Market to Table program on July 4, 2015.
Serves 4 to 5
2 ripe cantaloupes
8 cups cold water
Lemon or lime juice, to taste
Honey or simple syrup, to taste
Ice (for serving)
Cut the melons in half, removing and reserving the pulp and seeds. Scrape the cantaloupe flesh into long, thin strips using a fork or melon grater. Place in a pitcher large enough to hold 3 quarts. Extract the juice from the reserved pulp by placing in a sieve, adding the water and pressing the seeds. Add the juice and water to the pitcher with the cantaloupe strips. Add citrus juice and sweetener to taste. Serve over ice.
Variations: Simple syrup flavored with fresh herbs such as lemongrass, fresh mint, or basil. Calamansi juice can be substituted for the lemon or lime juice.