2 Iced tea
3 Fresh coconut water
Fresh coconut water is a popular drink in Vietnam.
You won’t see the packaged stuff here, though: It is drunk straight out of the coconut—and this coconut water is grassier, sweeter, and more naturally flavored than anything you’ll find in a package. Coconuts are usually harvested when they are about seven weeks old —any earlier and the juice is gassy, any later and it tastes too salty. Generally, the smaller coconuts are sweeter than the larger ones.
5 Sugarcane juice
Although it has natural sickly sweetness, sugar cane juice is another drink that’s considered “cooling”. It’s usually sold by street vendors who use electric squashing machines, not unlike an old-fashioned wringer, to squeeze the juice from stalks of sugar cane. It’s usually then mixed with a tiny sour citrus fruit in order to enhance its taste. The finished product has a crisp grassy flavor that’s very refreshing on a hot, sweltering day. Sugar cane vendors advertise their wares openly with a bucket of sugar cane stalks in front of their stall. They can also be identified by what looks like a ship’s wheel on the side of the stall, part of the electric wringer mechanism that juices the cane before your eyes.
Hope you have a wonderful time in Vietnam and do not forget to try out these drinks on a hot summer day.
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