A Taste of Guam: Calamansi Lemonade

Laura Essenberg

2/28/2017

I promise it is not a lime. No, it is not a tangerine. You’ve never heard of calamansi before?

Allow us to introduce you. Upon arrival to any Outrigger Resort, guests receive a heartfelt local greeting, a cold towel, and a refreshingly locally-inspired beverage and welcome gift. It's part of our Signature Experiences that we're so proud of. And at Outrigger Guam Beach Resort, that refreshing sip is a special calamansi drink. The unique and tropical flavor is commonly a pleasant surprise, and appropriate welcome. While the calamansi fruit starts out as a small round green fruit and later ripens to a deep color, it is an entirely unique genetic hybrid – where citrus and kumquat meet. Originally grown throughout the Philippines, it was later brought to Guam by immigrants where it now prospers.
 
In the kitchen, calamansi is the main ingredient in some delicious sour soups, and the peel is used in cakes, jam, or calamansi marmalade. Some of the favorite local dishes such as kelaguen or finadene make use of the fruit, and even the local beer benefits from a dash of calamansi flavoring. The hybrid fruit can be savored in many ways, but we’re here to guide you through the recipe for paradise. 

To make calamansi lemonade, you’ll need:

¼ cup freshly-squeezed calamansi juice (7-8 orange calamansi fruits)
¾ cup filtered water
Honey Tea Stirrer or 2 tbsp. white sugar
4-5 ice cubes
Calamansi slices and mint for garnishing

All you have to do is mix and enjoy. Calamansi is the fruit with limitless possibilities – the flesh is quite sour and the peel is so very sweet – opening up a whole world of flavor. Now, you just need to take this drink poolside and beachfront. Good thing we’ve got you covered there too.

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