Two drinks to boost the immune system in this rainy season

The rainy season has officially started, which means that it is of the utmost importance to strengthen the immune system to fight monsoon-related infections such as colds and sore throats, fever and cough in a timely manner. influenza, particularly in the context of the ongoing fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Group Leader Bartender and F&B Executive Kentt Earl Yap

Bar manager Kentt Earl Yap, with more than a decade of experience in the F&B scene, suggested drinks rich in vitamin C, essential for immune health as well as growth and development of the body. It also reduces the risk of chronic disease and iron deficiency, helps manage high blood pressure, and prevents low blood uric acid levels and gout attacks. It also protects memory and brain function.

To make consuming vitamin C more exciting, Yap has concocted two original mouth-watering mocktails that promise a generous helping of health benefits. Its ingredients are easily available in nearby local stores or even online shopping platforms.

Sweetened by the famous Korean Yuzu tea, Rain is a gourmet drink. “This tea is served if you have a sore throat, especially in changeable weather,” Yap explained. “Its sweetness will work well with the palate of Filipinos.”

Shine, on the other hand, is rejuvenating and nutritious for cooling off. “It combines the high vitamin C content of dalandan and hibiscus flower,” Yap explained. “The carbonated water also makes it a refreshing, sweet and sour fizzy drink that’s cost-effective.”

Yap worked in Singapore for over a decade with a background that encompassed various bar concepts. He was the head bartender of the EPH518 Cocktail Bar Singapore group and the bar manager and supervisor of the Park Hotel Group-Grand Park Orchard. He has also used his knowledge and skills at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Bazin Bistro & Bar, Mogambo Bars Singapore as well as TGIFriday’s Heeren & Katong Singapore.

He currently shares his expertise by training the culinary aspirants of his alma mater, the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (SHRIM) at De La Salle-Collège de Saint Benilde.

(Left) Rain mocktail has a pleasant-tasting sweetness and helps relieve sore throats caused by changeable weather. (Right) Shine is an ideal drink for those who want to feel refreshed and rejuvenated on hot days



150 ml of jasmine green tea (1 sachet steeped for two minutes in water at 65 degrees)

20ml fresh lemon juice

60ml apple juice

3 teaspoons of Korean Yuzu tea


Prepare the jasmine tea. Once the tea bag is removed, add the Korean yuzu tea, lemon and apple juice. Mix well. Serve hot in a teacup



150 ml Hibiscus tea (2 grams of hibiscus flower steeped for 3 minutes in 70 degree water)

6 slices dalandan fruit

20 grams of white sugar

carbonated water


Prepare the hibiscus tea and let it cool. Confuse the dalandan slices with sugar in a tall glass. Add infused hibiscus tea and ice. Mix properly. Top up with sparkling water.

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