Buko juice is young coconut water, which restores electrolytes and moisture that the human body loses during the hot summer days. It is pure, slightly sweet, and refreshing. In cities, buko juice may be available in prepackaged disposable plastic cups. Usually, however, this refreshing drink is sold in the coconut itself by buko men with their pushcarts. The vendor cuts off the top of the coconut, and either gives the whole coconut to the customer, or he may also pour the buko juice and scrape out the young coconut meat into a container if requested.
- 1 young coconut
- 2 cups drinking water
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- Ice cubes
- Remove the outer shell or husk of the coconut fruit by using a sharp butcher knife or machete until the middle layer is exposed. Crack open the top part of the coconut fruit.
- Pour coconut milk through a strainer into a tall pitcher. Straining will give you a clear coconut milk free from small particles.
- Take out the coconut flesh or meat using a lemon zester to shred. Add the coconut meat to the pitcher, then stir in water and sugar.
- Add ice cubes and serve.