The heat in this part of the world is a lot drier than it has been in previous summers and this has led to a roaring trade in cold bottled water, fruity popsicles or ice-candies (actually fruit juice frozen in stick form), sodas, and all sorts of iced beverages. However, even the thirstiest of people will suffer from palate fatigue as far as these things are concerned, so it’s a good thing that restaurants are offering new sippers to tempt heat-broiled tastebuds.
Both McDonald’s-Philippines and Jollibee are offering watermelon Sprite floats: a tumbler of Sprite and ice cubes gets a squirt of vivid pink watermelon-flavored syrup and a billowy dollop of vanilla soft-serve on top. My brain keeps telling me I’m drinking crushed and diluted watermelon Lifesavers whenever I take a sip. It tastes rather odd at first, but it kind of grows on you. Sort of.
Then there’s the iced cocoa capuccino from Starbucks that I don’t really get. What they do is layer chocolate syrup, espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream over ice. Sure it looks pretty – but it’s really an unstirred iced mocha. Jeez…not worth it at all, in my honest opinion.
A better choice is the bottomless mint iced tea over at Kitchen. This refreshing concoction is made with a dark cane syrup deliciously infused with fresh mint sprigs and served over lots of ice. It’s the perfect drink for whiling away those sultry-hot summer afternoons and it’s great for helping you keep your temper despite the unbearable heat.
Of course, there is always the option of crushing and munching through an icy tumbler of halo-halo or mais con hielo. Ah, the pleasures of summer…