A POG drink recipe – It’s easy to make POG from fresh squeezed tropical fruit juice instead of buying it in a can.
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POG DRINK IN HAWAII
POG gets it’s name from the three fruits it is made from – Passion Fruit, Oranges, and Guavas. POG, also known as pog juice or Pog drink. The drink dates back to the early 1900s when passionfruit, orange, and guava were combined to make a refreshing beverage for the island’s inhabitants. This unique flavor combination has been popular in Hawaii since the mid-1990s but has recently gained more widespread attention due to its popularity among food and beverage companies. It is typically made by mixing equal parts of each juice. POG is now available in many forms including canned, bottled, and frozen in most grocery stores across the United States. It is found in cans all over Hawaii, and we have had it for years, but recently we had some in Maui that was fresh squeezed. Wow – such a difference.
A POG DRINK RECIPE OF FRESH SQUEEZED FRUIT
When we got home, I realized that all three fruits grow in our neighborhood, so it was easy to bring a little bit of the islands back home. Our farmer’s market or fruit stand also has them when they are in season. Making POG is really easy. Equal parts of all three juices. The juice just needs to be strained to remove the seeds.
Passion fruit, scientifically known as Passiflora edulis, is a tropical vine native to South America. It is renowned for its vibrant and enticing flower, which features a stunning combination of purple, white, and green colors. The flower of passion fruit is not only visually captivating but also carries a sweet and pleasant fragrance. This beautiful flower eventually gives birth to a fruit that holds the same name. Passion fruit is a unique and exotic fruit that has a tangy and zesty flavor with a hint of sweetness. Its juice is known for its refreshing taste and is often used in various culinary creations like cocktails, desserts, and sauces. Whether enjoyed fresh or as a juice, passion fruit offers a delightful tropical experience that tantalizes the senses and quenches one’s thirst.
Oranges are a delicious and vibrant fruit, with a juicy and tangy flavor. Their bright orange color and citrusy aroma make them ideal for making refreshing and invigorating orange juice. Juicing oranges allows the natural sweetness and acidity to intertwine, resulting in a perfectly balanced and thirst-quenching beverage. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, orange juice provides a boost of energy and enhances the immune system. The juicy goodness of oranges when transformed into freshly squeezed juice, not only satisfies the taste buds but also provides a revitalizing and healthy drink for all to enjoy.
Guava, known for its exotic flavor and vibrant color, is one of the most favored fruits for making refreshing and delicious juice. This tropical fruit possesses a unique combination of sweetness and tanginess that adds a delightful twist to any juice blend. Its soft and juicy texture makes it easy to extract its nourishing juice, packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The naturally high content of vitamin C in guava juice helps to boost the immune system and protect against various illnesses. Additionally, guava juice is also known for its unique ability to aid digestion and promote a healthy gut. With its irresistible taste and numerous health benefits, guava juice is the perfect choice for those seeking a flavorful and nutritious beverage option.
POG can also be made when the fruits are not even in season. The juice of all of these fruits can easily be frozen. Especially convenient is freezing them in ice cube trays so they can be used frozen, added to smoothies, used as ice cubes to add flavor to drinks or portioned out to make individual drinks.
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