The mercury is rising. and while we’re not in a heat wave yet, the temps are high enough to make you sweat even when you’re not moving. So I made some of my favorite Filipino beverages. I’ve been making iced tea but last week i decided to try my hand at making sago and gulaman and ginilu (pictured at left).
I’m sure you’re familiar with sago. Both of us grew up drinking it from plastic bags full of ice with a straw stuck in it. But do you know what ginilu is? It’s coconut milk, water, sugar and gulaman. I’ve scoured the internet to see whether other parts of the country also had this drink but haven’t found any evidence. We usually had it during the Lenten season. It was served to devotees along with the watered-down pineapple juice.
This last thirst-quencher is courtesy of San Miguel. I saw this non-alcoholic pineapple beverage at the Fil-Am store and was intrigued. I think we were in college when Cali Shandy came out. Before that we enjoyed shandy in pitchers at Shakey’s (not exactly hard drinkers, were we?).