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Summer Cantaloupe Drink

Updated on November 4, 2012

Summer cantaloupe or melon drink

There are so many ways to eat and serve a cantaloupe, but what about a cantaloupe drink for the hot summer months? This is a non-alcoholic ice-cold summer cooler and is also known as the melon drink in the Philippines. The cantaloupe is shredded with a special tool similar to a zester to create spaghetti-like strings, mixed with its own juice, water, sugar and a squeeze of lime. Served cold, this cantaloupe summer drink not only refreshes, quenches your thirst, but is a guaranteed winner. This cantaloupe drink is extremely easy to make and can become addicting.

How to pick a cantaloupe

Color is a light beige (not green), smells sweet, the blossom end has a give when pressed, and when tapped, the cantaloupe sounds hollow.

1. Wash and cut cantaloupe in half

It is always advisable to wash the cantaloupe before cutting it open.

2. Discard the seeds

Cantaloupe is an excellent source of Vitamin C, beta carotene and anti-oxidant.

3. Grate cantaloupe with special tool (also used to grate coconut) over a large bowl - Reserve as much of the cantaloupe juice

The simple tool used for grating the cantaloupe is also a coconut grater which is available in Asian stores, eBay or Amazon. A lemon zester can be used but the stringy effect will not be as spaghetti-like. The grater has a wooden handle with looped metal at the top edge. Make sure not to grate too deep into the rind.

4. Add water, sugar and juice of one small lime

Add a cup of sugar and enough water to cover the cantaloupe pulp. Add the juice of a small lime and stir together until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate for a few hours or preferably overnight. This allows the cantaloupe pulp, sugar, and lime to meld together. It will be nice and cold when it ready to be consumed.

This serves 4-6 people depending on how many people wants seconds.

5. Ladle into tall glasses and serve - Interestingly delicious and addicting

These drinks are best served without crushed ice or ice cubes in order to keep the flavor from being diluted. You will want to eat this with a spoon so you can savor every drop.

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Coconut shredder tool will do the job

These versatile tools have the loops to create the spaghetti-like strings of the cantaloupe. These are called coconut shredders but will do the job.

Many ways to slice and serve cantaloupe - Tools of the trade

What do you think of this summer cantaloupe drink? - Is it worth a try?

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      This looks so refreshing! Definitely have to try it. thanks for sharing.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great how to. Might have to give this a try.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      @mobafeed: I definitely agree with everyone that this is a most refreshing summer drink. It is also nutritiious and easy to make.

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      mobafeed 5 years ago

      Cantaloupe was my grandmothers favorite fruit. To me it was the most refreshing thing you could eat in the dreadful heat of Southern California. A lot of good memories too :) Great lens!

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      We used to get cantaloupe drinks at our local Mexican supermarket...great with spicy food :)

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      This makes a perfect summer drink, so refreshing!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      @Steph Tietjen: Perhaps something to try, Steph.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Sounds delicious. I usually get one of these drinks with tacos at a local taco place. Sometimes they have watermelon drink too. But yours is more special with the lime and shredded fruit. Wish I had one now.

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      Sounds like it would be good with honeydew too. Great lens!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      @squidoopets: Squidoopets, give it a try. It is delicious and so refreshing. Thanks for the blessing.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      @CatJGB: CatJB, I think you will be surprised by the flavor of this cantaloupe drink the moment you try it. And it is so easy to make. Just make sure you serve it chilled.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Sound delicious and do-able!

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      Looks lovely....funny, I love the way cantaloupe looks and smells, but don't really like the flavour. Think I'm in the minority though. I think we call them rock melons over here, so I couldn't even spell it, I first spelled it cantelope :D