The holiday season in Cebu brings more than just festive decorations and warm gatherings; it also offers a delightful array of traditional and modern hot and cold beverages to tantalize your taste buds. From heartwarming classics to refreshing innovations, here are five must-try Cebuano drinks that will make your holidays even more special.
Whether you’re in Cebu for the holidays or simply want to infuse some Cebuano warmth into your season, these hot and cold beverages are sure to delight your senses and leave you with a taste of the vibrant culture that defines the Queen City of the South.
Start your mornings with a touch of tradition by savoring a cup of Sikwate, Cebu’s version of hot chocolate. Made from locally sourced cacao beans, this rich and slightly bitter drink is often sweetened with muscovado sugar. Enjoy it with puto maya (sticky rice cakes) for an authentic Cebuano breakfast experience.
Cebuano Christmas Punch
This punch is perfect for the holiday season. Mix equal parts of tuba (coconut sap wine), pineapple juice, and orange juice. Sweeten to taste with honey or simple syrup, and add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for that Christmas spice. Serve chilled with a cinnamon stick garnish.
Get your coffee fixed the Cebuano way with a steaming cup of Tuburan Coffee. Grown in the town of Tuburan in Cebu, this coffee is known for its full-bodied flavor and aromatic profile. Whether you prefer it black or sweetened with a touch of local honey, Tuburan Coffee will awaken your senses and provide a cozy warmth that’s perfect for the holiday season.
Cebu Mango Smoothie
If you prefer a cold, tropical treat, indulge in a Cebu Mango Smoothie. Made with ripe, sweet mangoes that thrive in the region, this refreshing drink is blended with ice for a burst of fruity goodness that captures the essence of Cebu’s sun-kissed summers.
While taho is a familiar street food treat in many parts of the Philippines, Cebu adds its unique twist by using muscovado syrup instead of the usual arnibal (sweet syrup). The warm silken tofu and sago pearls drenched in muscovado syrup offer a delightful balance of textures and flavors.
Whether you’re in Cebu for the holidays or simply want to infuse some Cebuano drinks into your season, these hot and cold beverages are sure to delight your senses and leave you with a taste of the vibrant culture that defines the Queen City of the South. So, go ahead, sip, savor, and embrace the holiday spirit, Cebuano style!
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