Deutsch: Samalamig / Español: Samalamig / Português: Samalamig / Français: Samalamig / Italiano: Samalamig

Samalamig refers to a variety of traditional Filipino cold drinks and refreshments, typically served to quench thirst and cool down on hot days. These beverages are often made from a mix of fruits, beans, jellies, and sweet syrups, and are known for their vibrant colors and refreshing flavors. Samalamig is popular as street food and is commonly sold in markets, festivals, and by street vendors across the Philippines. Varieties include drinks made with ingredients like sago (tapioca pearls), gulaman (agar-agar jelly), coconut, and various native fruits and beans.


Samalamig serves as a general term for a category of Filipino cold refreshments that are both delicious and hydrating. These drinks are characterized by their sweetness and often, the inclusion of chewy elements like tapioca pearls or jelly cubes, which add a unique texture to the beverages. The preparation of samalamig varies widely, allowing for a range of flavors and ingredients that reflect the Philippines' rich culinary diversity.

Application Areas

In the Philippines, samalamig is a staple at informal gatherings, local celebrations, and everyday street food culture. It is especially popular during the summer months and at outdoor events, providing relief from the tropical heat. Samalamig is not only a treat for the palate but also an integral part of the Filipino community life, bringing people together over shared flavors and experiences.

Well-Known Examples

  • Sago at Gulaman: A sweet drink made with tapioca pearls (sago) and agar-agar jelly (gulaman), sweetened with brown sugar syrup and often flavored with pandan.
  • Halo-Halo: Although more of a dessert than a drink, halo-halo includes crushed ice with a mix of fruits, beans, milk, and sweet ingredients, sometimes served with a scoop of ice cream on top.
  • Buko Juice: Fresh coconut water served with young coconut meat, often sweetened and chilled.
  • Iskrambol: A creamy, ice-based treat mixed with milk, sugar, and sometimes food coloring, topped with chocolate syrup and powdered milk.

Treatment and Risks

Samalamig drinks are generally safe to consume and can provide hydration and quick energy boosts due to their sugar content. However, individuals with dietary restrictions or those monitoring their sugar intake should consume these beverages in moderation. As with all street-sold foods, the hygiene standards of the vendor should also be considered to avoid potential health risks.


Simple Sago at Gulaman Recipe:


  • 1/4 cup tapioca pearls (sago)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup agar-agar jelly (gulaman), cubed
  • Crushed ice
  • Pandan leaf for flavor (optional)


  1. Boil tapioca pearls in water until they become translucent and soft. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Make a syrup by boiling brown sugar with water and a pandan leaf (if using) until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow it to cool.
  3. Prepare the agar-agar jelly according to package instructions, cut into cubes, and chill.
  4. To serve, mix the sago and gulaman cubes in a glass, add crushed ice, and pour the sweet syrup over the top.
  5. Stir well before drinking.

Similar Terms or Synonyms

While samalamig specifically refers to Filipino cold and sweet beverages, similar types of refreshing drinks in other cultures might be known as "iced sweet beverages" or "cold desserts" depending on their consistency and ingredients.


Samalamig encompasses a delightful array of cold, sweet beverages that are deeply embedded in Filipino culture, offering a refreshing escape from the heat with their unique flavors and textures. These drinks not only serve as a testament to the Philippines' inventive use of local ingredients but also as a beloved part of daily life and festivities, cherished by Filipinos of all ages.


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