Colors never fail to attract the attention of kids. As brighter they are, the more they are magnetized to them, whatever they are. Even ice cubes. When I started making colored ice cubes made of natural fruit juices, I suddenly had my picky-eating daughter in front of me shyly asking me what they were and speaking about everything except going straight to the point - she wants to try them! Little did she know that I actually made the fruit juice ice cubes for her because she's quite a little picky-eater. She mainly drinks water which is incredible, soda whenever she sees a bottle around and just a limited number of fruits. I wanted her to explore more the wonderful world of fruits and so these ice cubes were born.
I rarely buy juice because we prefer ice cold tea at home especially in summer. In the right seasons, I use fresh oranges, calamondin lemons (or calamansi), strawberries, cantaloupes, bananas, berries, mangoes and some other fruits for natural drinks. But I do buy cartons of pink guava juice when I happen to be in the supermarket where I can get them. They go down fast in our house whenever we have the stock. It's not a local fruit so I have no possibility to buy the fresh fruit and juice on my own.
When I was growing up in the Philippines, we used to have a couple of guava trees, a dwarf and a regular one. My snacks would mean hanging or sitting on the branches of both trees while I eat the fruit. The dwarf guava tree had small fruit with pinkish pulp while the regular guava tree, a much taller one with big branches, yielded big guavas, like the size of oranges, with white pulp. Guava is a very healthy fruit and it has a delicious and peculiar flavor. As a child, I loved eating them as is or chopping them up for a simple salad with vinaigrette. This time, I am enjoying a different cultivar with more prominent flavor. As a cold drink, it's absolutely delicious.
I have written about mangoes in my past posts. It is for me, the best fruit that exists, especially the carabao cultivar in the Philippines. In fact, knowing how crazy I am about them, my sister already ordered a big basket of fresh carabao mangoes in time when I visit.
Mangoes and guavas are both tropical fruits and mixing them in one drink is quite a delicious exotic taste. Being mild in flavor, the rice milk, also something from that part, blends perfectly well with both fruits. This is a healthy drink that kids would definitely love. And if you feel like going for other flavors and colors, change the fruit juices and be creative in combining them. It's a fun cold summer drink for the kids!
Ready for the recipe? Get this Homemade Rice Milk with Mango and Pink Guava Ice Cubes recipe in She Knows. I have been creating recipes for them since 2013 and you can see my other recipes at my Profile Page there. Enjoy!