There is a Philippine version of this scene. At the front of the house sits a simple table with big jars of different flavoured coolers: buco (young coconut) juice, gulaman at sago (agar agar and sago drink) and melon drink. Kids man the stall. A compulsory implement is a fly shooer: wisps of plastic strips tied to the end of a stick with rubber band. Whatever you do, do it with your right hand. Your left hand should constantly be waving this sparse cheerleader's-pom-pom-on-a-stick to shoo away the flies that are most attracted to your drinks than anyone else. No one is put off. On a hot day, the sight of a jars of iced drinks dripping with condensation are most welcome. Brain freeze is a joyful relief to aching thirst.
The simplest one to make is the melon drink, which I dub the "melonade". The melon flesh is scraped with a special tool, the seeds mashed in water then strained. After mixing with water, sugar and ice, a delicious, cooling drink is ready for you to enjoy. The strings of melon are eaten with a spoon.
Although this drink is usually made with cantaloupe melon, I made mine with galia. I find galia sweeter and more refreshing in taste. I made my melonade with less strings because I want the melon flavour in the drink to stand out. I pureed most of the flesh before adding the whole strings of melon that I've set aside. In this form, a jumbo straw can be used for sipping both the drink and the melon bits. You can substitute crushed ice for part of the water to make melon slushy instead.
1 galia or cantaloupe melon
2 liters water
1/3 c. sugar (or more)
Scoop out the seeds from the melon and mash with 1 c. of the water. Strain.
I use a special scraper to make strings of melon. A coarse grater would also do the job. Make about 1 c. of melon strings and set aside.
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