Category: Cocktails

Suha (Pomelo) & Pawpaw Shake Recipe

Suha (Pomelo) & Papaya, photo by Ruben Ortega

Suha (Pomelo) & Pawpaw Shake Recipe

I am pretty sure that there will be plenty of households, which will have an overflowing fruit bowls ready for the coming year.  Based on experience some of the fruits would end up disposed and rotten.  But why not make used of them and get your daily intakes of 5 portions.

Juicing and milkshakes are easy recipes.  And below is one that is appetising and refreshing.


1 pomelo, peeled and skinned (see above photo)

1 ripe papaya

Ice cubes

sugar (optional)

Method of preparation:

Scoop out and discard the seeds from the papaya.  Cut out the skin and put the luscious flesh into a food processor together with the peeled suha (pomelo).

Add the ice-cubes.  Blitz until smooth.

Serve in tall glasses and enjoy!


Cantaloupe Refresher Drink – Milon

Iced Milon, Photo by JMorton

This is my favourite thirst quencher when I was still living in the Philippines.  It is refreshing and delicious.

Thankfully, wherever you are in this world, you can prepare it and it tastes the same from the what I was used to in the Philippines, as long as you use the cantaloupe melon.

Cantaloupe Refresher Drink – Milon



  • 1 Cantaloupe (Milon)
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 4-6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ice cubes



Method of Preparation:

  • Cut the cantaloupe in half.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Discard or for extra flavour, mash the seeds and pulps with a fork and then use a sieve to get the juice while discarding the seeds and pulps.
  • Score the cantaloupe flesh with a fork and then scrape with a spoon.  It is of course easier to use a melon grater.
  • Put the cold water and sugar into a pitcher or a big cocktail fish bowl.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in the cantaloupe strands (and juice from the seeds – optional)
  • Then add the ice cubes just before serving.

Refreshingly delicious.


Cantaloupe Melon & Mango Smoothie Recipe

Mango & Cantaloupe, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Cantaloupe Melon & Mango Smoothie Recipe


  • 1 cantaloupe melon removed or scooped out from hard outer skin.
  • sugar or honey, to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk



Method of Preparation:

  • Remove the seed of the melon completely. (if you have time, instead of recycling, I hope, the seeds, clean them and then dry in the bright sunlight or in a not to hot oven.  They are quite lovely as snack.)  Cut the melon into cubes and put in a food processor.
  • Slice the mango, discard the stone but ensure to take out all the sweet bits still clinging from the stone, cut the mango luscious flesh into cubes and spoon in to the food processor as well.
  •  Add a little sugar or a dollop of honey work.
  • Add the ice cubes and pour in the milk.
  • Turn on the food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into drinking glasses and enjoy.
  • Yummmmmm


Pineapple Juice Recipe

Pineapple Juice @ Manila Hotel, photo by JMorton

One of the most delicious juices around is the pineapple juice. It is even more ambrosial if it is made from fresh pineapples.

The taste is only one factor in why one should be drinking pineapple juice. There are a few good reasons why one should. A glass of fresh pinya juice is full of goodness, it is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  I heard it is also a dieter’s friend.

The best way to consume pineapple juice is to have it fresh and therefore making it at home is ideal and we have got just the quickest recipe here.

Pineapple Juice Recipe


1 ripe pineapple
1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes

Method of preparation:

Ensure that the pineapple is ripe for it to be really sweet tasting 🙂 otherwise you might have to add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the recipe.

Peel the hard outer skin, as well as removing the little eyes (read the legend of the pineapple here), then cut into chunks.

Put the pineapple chunks into a food processor, together with the ice cubes.  Pour in the water as well.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

Pour in into tall glasses and share the joy.

Salted Caramel Milkshake Recipe

Salted Caramel Milk Shake, Photo by JMorton

Salted Caramel Milkshake Recipe

I had a salted caramel milkshake when we last went to Gourmet Burgers in Brent Cross.  I absolutely loved it.  The slight saltiness greatly compliment the sweetness of the caramel.  It was really refreshing.

I wanted to make it at home and found a very easy recipe to follow which I have posted below.

Enjoy, kindly let me know how yours went! 🙂


  • 300 ml cold milk
  • 1 ½ tsp caramel sauce
  • sprinkling of sea salt


Tip the ice cream, milk, caramel sauce with a little sprinkling of sea salt into a food processor.  Blend until smooth and frothy.

Pour into tall glasses and share.

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

Mango Juice, iphone photo by JMorton

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

We had copious amount of mango juice whilst in the Philippines.  Philippines is the best place for mango made recipes, including mango juice because of our species of mango called the carabao, which is the sweetest fruit when ripen.

Thank goodness, mangoes are now widely available everywhere and almost all year round.  But as it is summer, they can be bought cheaply in boxes.  The flesh are like ambrosia but if you wanted to make it into a refreshing juice we have the recipe below.


  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup ice-cubes

Method of preparation:

The easiest way is to use a blender.

Cut the mango in half and then scoop out the flesh from the skin and around the seed/stone.

Transfer the delicious ripe flesh into a blender, pour in the water and ice cubes.

Blitz until smooth.

Poor into glasses and enjoy!



Apple, Avocado and Spinach

Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time.  I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂

bec73fa7-f1a1-45fd-a9ec-e6dea5fbf0b6_apple-avocado-smoothieA great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.

one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)

Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

app& avSpring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer.  We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).

One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie.  You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.

The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2

Apple & Avocado Smoothie


1 apple

1/2 ripe avocado

1 cup apple juice

3 ice cubes

3 sprigs mint leaves

juice from half a lime

To make:

Core the apple then cut into quarters.

Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.

Serve in attractive tall glasses.



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