Cantaloupe Drink

15 minutes
to prep

5 minutes
to cook

1 pitcher

About this Recipe

A classic Filipinx beverage with sweet cantaloupe shreds in a rich, creamy liquid that is so refreshingly delicious on hot days.

Recipe by: Lhyn Galera
Photos by: Matt Long


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cup water (plus more for pitcher)
  • 1 medium cantaloupe

  • Large splash vanilla extract
  • Condensed coconut milk
  • Ice for serving

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Step 2

Clean the outside of the cantaloupe and cut in half. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and a melon scraper (or fork) to scoop out threads of the cantaloupe into a medium bowl. If you’re using a fork, make long strides in the melon with the fork, about ½ inch deep, and then use a spoon to scrape strands of cantaloupe out. Repeat until melon is completely scraped out.

Step 3

Place the grated cantaloupe flesh into the pitcher and add the cooled syrup. Fill with water.

Step 4

Serve chilled or with crushed ice and if using, add a splash of vanilla extract or some condensed coconut milk.