Buko Juice

Another refreshing drink popular in the Philippines where you can see sold almost everywhere from hawker stalls to posh restaurants, it is a simple mixture of young coconut water, young coconut meat and milk, it’s very refreshing and very healthy. This is one of the drinks I missed in the Philippines, though we have coconuts here coming from the Pacific Island it is so expensive where it can cost as much as $10 a coconut compared to Php10 (during the early 2000’2 not sure how much it is now) in the Philippines. I even remember in my mom’s province where this is abundant we get it for free; you just have to climb a coconut tree and get your own.

Coconut water is a very refreshing and healthy drink, it contains a lot of electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body that’s why it can be used as an energy drink, liquid replacement for people suffering diarrhoea and even as an intravenous fluid (This is sometimes used by developing nations). Another benefit for drinking coconut water is it has anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, it also has better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc than other fruits.

So if you want some refreshing drink during summer I guess nothing will beat this, it will definitely quench your thirst compared to the unhealthy commercially available fizzy drinks.

Ingredients

Juice from 3 fresh young coconuts
Coconut meat from 3 fresh young coconuts
3 tbsp condensed milk
ice cubes

Method

  1. Open coconuts on top by boring a small hole to extract the liquid, place coconut water in a large pitcher.
  2. Add condensed milk into the pitcher then mix until totally dissolved.
  3. Open the coconuts in half then using a fork score the young coconut meat before removing it with a spoon (this will easily make it into strips, in the Philippines we have a tool for it similar to melon scraper), place coconut meat in the coconut water mixture, place ice cubes then serve.

23 Responses

  1. This buko juice will be great for the current hot weather we are going through, that rainy weather is done and away with the sweating has started. Coconut water with the flesh is quite normal here but with milk is something new. I think the taste would have been fantastic, full of creamy flavor.

  2. IamSimplyTia says:

    When I go back to the Caribbean I’m going to have to try this because here in the U.S, I wouldn’t even know where to start looking for fresh coconuts. This drink sounds creamy because of the condensed milk. Delicious!!!

  3. It is a very healthy drink, great way to add another healthy habit to the new year!

  4. Joanne Ozug says:

    Wow, that looks so good! I love coconut!!!

  5. Henry says:

    I saw the news from TV that coco water is in demand in North America. Its truely refreshing especially when you add sweetened milk and ice on it.

  6. I love coconut water. This looks fantastic! How sad that the coconuts there are so expensive.

  7. Felicia says:

    This looks terrific! I’m a big fan of both coconut and condensed milk, and I’m pretty sure I can use some extra electrolytes, too!

  8. You made me salivate for fresh buko juice. Buko juice as intravenous fluid seems so extreme, but you are right, there are even published medical journals of its use. There’s only one downside to giving it intravenously – you’ll not be able to enjoy the delicious taste of buko!

  9. Jay says:

    sounds irresistable n divine..I’d love to giv it a go now..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  10. Coconut water has become SO popular here! It must be delicious!

  11. meri says:

    Mmm this looks so fresh and natural and delicious!

  12. Love 2 Type says:

    i remember my granny putting condensed milk and then clubhouse cracker crumbs with the coconut juice and meat..

  13. Kristy says:

    This looks very refreshing – and I love all of it’s health benefits!

  14. wok with ray says:

    Iced cold buko juice is always a refreshing drink and has to be with the spoon so you can scoop those shredded coconut meat. Delicious!

  15. foodjaunts says:

    Yum coconut! My husband hates coconut for some weird reason so I don’t get to eat/use it as much as I want and I am definitely hearting after your drink in the picture

  16. Carolyn Chan says:

    I just love the juice of fresh young coconut – so sweet you almost don’t need the condensed milk.

  17. Yes that’s true, because i drink it everyday.

  18. I love buko juice~!!! i just bought one today, P25 per buko. A manong with a cart always go around in our village here in Manila to sell buko so it’s very convenient since he’s doing all the labor~
    I really love buko juice without any enhanced flavoring like condensed milk. <3
    It also taste great without ice. haha.

  19. joseline fuentebella says:

    drink fresh buko juice everyday….you will live longer

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