Strawberry mint agua fresca
Agua Fresca made with Strawberry and Mint
I was inspired by this post at The Kitchn about aguas frescas. Just looking at the photos of big jars full of colorful drinks had me hooked. If you’ve been reading along this summer, you’ll know I’ve been on a huge beverage kick, and I couldn’t resist reaching for my blender for this one.
Agua fresca, in Spanish, means fresh (cold) water, and with only a couple simple ingredients and the push of a button on my blender, that’s exactly what I had. Aguas frescas originated in Mexico, but have become popular throughout the Carribean and in the United States. It’s especially common in Mexico to find street vendors selling aguas frescas, using whatever fruits are in season. But these are so fast and easy to make, you can do it yourself in just a couple minutes. In fact, I made this twice today because we went through the first pitcher in record time!
Recipe: Agua Fresca with Strawberry and Mint
2 c. cold water
1 c. ice
2 c. strawberries
fresh mint leaves, to taste (I used about 12, plus more for garnish.)
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high speed until completely smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a glass pitcher. Chill and stir before serving. Makes about 5 cups.
**I’ve made this several times since the original posting and really love it more and more each time. Try waiting until the end to add the water and use vanilla seltzer water. Delicious!**