I haven’t had Santol Juice in a while (make that a long long while). When I was a kid, my mom used to make us Santol Punch (that’s how she calls it) when the fruit is in season. Now that we’re in Manila, I rarely see this amazing fruit in the grocery.
And then this post happened. And I know I just have to have one. But the search for Santol was long and hard. Apparently, this fruit isn’t something that’s available year round. I really don’t know where to look for it. Good thing, last Saturday, Landmark must have read my frustrated mind and decided to sell some! Santol there you are at last!
I basically followed Market Man’s instructions on how to make Santol Juice.
Peel of the skin of 3 – 4 santol. Chop the rind into medium sized pieces. Put the pieces, rind and seeds in a big pitcher, he says. But I don’t have a pitcher to my name (I should get one now) so I temporarily placed it in a bowl then added water to it. Do we need a specific ratio of santol to water? Naahh… you can never go wrong with this one.
At this point, you can either add honey or a simple syrup and adjust according to your taste. Make it a bit sweeter than the usual since we’ll still add ice later. Since I don’t have a pitcher, I placed my santol juice in my pretty jars 🙂
Then you can let it steep for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. Take it out, add lots of ice and enjoy.
Ahhh refresingly sweet!! Santol, how I love you! 🙂