Pinoy Coolers to Beat the Summer Heat

     Summer is officially here! With the increase in temperature almost every day, there’s nothing like a tall glass of something cold to beat the summer heat. If you wish to have one for yourself, here’s the recipe for some of the famous pinoy summer coolers.

Ice Candy  is the usual summer treats of the Pinoys especially the kids

Ice Candy Ingredients:
Any fruit drink whether in powder or concentrate form
Mix water, sugar and fruit drink powder or concentrate
With the help of a funnel, pour them on your ice candy bags
Freeze for 24 hours

Before there were pearl shakes, one iced beverage ruled the Manila Street - Iskrambol or Ice Sramble

Ice Scramble Ingredients:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp banana flavoring
Few drops of red liquid coloring to get the right shade of pink color
3 cups crushed ice
2 tbsp milk powder
Chocolate syrup
Mix the evaporated milk, sugar, banana flavoring and red liquid coloring and add onto to crushed ice
Mix well and keep in an insulated contained
Fill a cup with the mix crushed ice base
Add milk powder and chocolate syrup

Buko Pandan is a refreshing desert that never fails to tempt filipino tongues 

Buko Pandan Ingredients:
8 leaves Pandan, cleaned well
5 coconut, meat grated to strips
10 cups water from the coconut
3 small cans Nestle cream
1 medium can Condensed milk
2 bars green gulaman
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 cup kaong (optional)
Boil coconut water together with pandan leaces for 20 minutes
Remove the pandan leaves, add 2 bars of gulaman and white sugar. Mix for 5 minutes
Pour through a strained into cooling trays. Wait till it cools and hardens. Refrigerate
Mix the grated buko with nestle cream and condensed milk
Add kaong if you prefer
Cut gulaman into 1 cm cube. Mix with buko mixture

Saba con Yelo  is one of the usual snacks in the Philippines, just add ice and it will instantly becomes a thirst quencher

Saba Con Yelo Ingredients:
5 saging na saba, sliced diagonally
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
2 cups water
¼ cup evaporated milk
1 cup crushed ice
Boil water in a pot. Add brown sugar and vanilla. Stir well until sugar dissolved in water
Place bananas and simmer until soft and sauce thickens
Place on a bowl and pour over the sauce
Top with crushed ice and pour evaporated milk

Mais con Yelo is another popular drink dessert in the Philippines due to its being inexpensive and easy to prepare

Mais Con Yelo Ingredients:
3-4 tbsp sweet whole kernel corn
3-4 tbsp cream style corn
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
¾ cup crushed ice
½ cup milk
Place whole kernel sweet corn and cream style corn in a glass
Add crushed ice
Pour milk into the glass
Top with a small scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream
Mix all ingredients with a spoon

Sago Gulaman is considered to be one of the Philippines' flagship traditional beverage

Sago Gulaman Ingredients:
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
Boiled sago
Cooked gulaman, cubed
Crushed ice
Syrup or Arnibal
Boil sago and gulaman in 3 cups of sugar and water
In a glass, put some sago and gulaman
Add enough arnibal or syrup to sweeten
Fill with ice or add ice-cold water

If the Americans have ice cream, the Pinoys boast on our traditional Halo-Halo

Halo-Halo Ingredients:
Crushed ice
Nata de coco
Leche flan
Combine kaong, langka, monggo, saba, sago, nata de coco and pinipig in a tall glass or bowl
Top with crushed ice, evaporated milk, leche flan, ube, macapuno and a scoop of ice cream

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