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Calamansi Juice – the lemonade of the Philippines

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Do you like lemonade? Well, on a hot day there aren’t too many things that will cool you down quite as much as a nice refreshing glass of lemonade. OK, ok… a lot of people would prefer a beer, but generally I don’t drink, so maybe my take is different! But, lemons are not too common in the Philippines. They can be purchased, but are expensive, due to the fact that they are not so common.

Don’t fret, though, they have something in the Philippines that, in my opinion is even better than the lemon! It’s called the “calamansi” – and is sort of a combination between a lemon and a lime, although it is more tart then either! Just a small amount of the juice of a calamansi fruit goes a long way! A very popular drink here in the Philippines is called “Calamansi Juice.” Calamansi juice is not just the squeezed juice of the calamansi fruit, that would be too strong to drink. Actually, you squeeze the juice of a few pieces of calamansi fruit and mix it with water, then you have a calamansi juice drink. And, what a drink it is!

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Calamansi juice tastes similar to lemonade, but it’s a little more tart. In addition to water and squeezed calamansi fruit, generally you would put a little sugar in it for sweetness. I am diabetic, so I use Splenda or some other artificial sweetener instead of sugar. It’s still just as good, though. If it’s a hot day, and you are sweating a lot, calamansi juice will cool you right down and refresh you!

Oh, another thing about calamansi juice is that a lot of people also drink it hot! When you drink it hot it will also be very beneficial if you have a cold or some other ailment. If you have a sore throat or your voice is not good (like laryngitis or such) calamansi juice will do wonders for you!

Next time you are in the Philippines, try Calamansi juice and see what you think! I recommend it highly.

Calamansi has many other uses too! It can be used as a cleaning agent, many people also use it in their “sawsawan” or sauce that they dip their food in.

What do you use calamansi for? Also, what do you prefer, lemon or calamansi?

Hmm… I almost forgot! I love to squeeze a calamansi fruit into my glass of diet coke!

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Bob, i will have to try that bob, and interesting to know that you are diabetic. i too am diabetic and was wondering if splenda was available in the area, as my date to arrive nears. so i guess you answered that for me thanks ! 😎

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Hi Tommy – Splenda is not always easy to find here, but they do have it. Basically, when it is in stock, I suggest that you stock up, because when it goes out of stock it may be a few weeks before you see it again. 😯

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Hi Ron LaFleur – Thanks for the tip on the artificial sweetener. That happens here with sweetener about once every two years or so. Regarding your other comment that you mentioned, I edited it out of your comment – that discussion we had was not for public consumption. Sorry, but I have to live here, and there are certain things you don’t talk about when you live here. That is one of them. Hi Gary – Yeah, traveling internationally with fresh fruits is not allowed, you would have some problems at customs. Hi Louis – Is Dalandan the same as… Read more »

Cheryll Ann
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Gary,

Maybe you can buy calamansi plants in the US? Coz I know some people in CA who have calamansi plants in their backyards,LOL!

Ron LaFleur
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Ron LaFleur

Bob, This morning I read that Phillipine authorities have confiscated an illegal sweetner that causes cancer. Apparently its a serious health hazard and they discovered a large amount at the same time acknowledging that its a consistent problem. I am not an expert but my advise would be to be careful as to where you buy your sweetners. The article stated that it is most commonly used by makers of fruit juices that you find on the street and in the malls. Ron

Ron LaFleur
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Ron LaFleur

I went back to read the article and the sweetner is called sodium cyclamate. Its less expensive for juice makers, ice cream makers, candy etc to use than other sweetners. Ron

Gary
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Gary

I love calamansi and prefer it over lemons or limes. I squeeze it into most of my drinks like diet coke, SML and even my ice tea. I just returned home from 7 weeks in the islands and wanted to bring some home with me but my friends talked me out of it. Something about bringing fruit into the country. 😆

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I love Calamansi juice. Lemons are expensive and I generally don't see them that often, I will see limes though, what they call Dalandan. I haven't had a nice tall glass of calamansi in awhile. About the Cyclomates, my mother was a part of the group that studied the effects of that sweetener. She swore up and down that the whole study was thrown in the favor of Saccarin(sp?) which she said was found to be more carcinogenic but the info was hushed up. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Splenda seems to be the best alternative as it's… Read more »

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anthony

Just down the road from where I live, here in Australia, there is a townhouse complex which has 2 calamansi trees out front which are there purely for decorative purpose. When the fruit is on the trees no-one picks it so my wife asked if she could take some of the fruit to which the manager said "take all you want" The smile on my wifes face when she arrived home with a bag of calamansi was priceless. I havent tried the calamansi juice drink before but thanks for another good idea.

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Teng

Hi Bob,

It is also known as 'Lemonsito' in Mindanao and Visayan region. But the word is originally Spanish which means literally, 'small lemon'. Ummm, just thinking about it….makes me salivate.

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