Monday, January 14, 2013

Drinks #34 Agua Fresca

Strawberry, Blueberry and
Mint Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca translates to "Fresh Water" and it is pretty aptly named. Perhaps the most common is Agua de Horchata. This is made with rice flavored with cinnamon and other spices. With the popularity of flavored waters growing, Agua Fresca was popular in Mexico and Central America long before the current fad started. You can make your own Agua Fresca in two easy steps:
1. Fill a container with water
2. Add fruit (or vegetable). Done.

Pineapple, Coconut and Cherry
Agua Fresca
It really is that simple. You can can experiment with your own combinations of fruits and/or vegetables. If it sounds gross to use vegetables, think cucumber. Or feel free to add a little bit of sugar and make a drink that is still healthier than handing your kid a Mountain Dew. What I find to be helpful when coming up with new combination is look at fruit juices. What do they have combined? Cucumber Melon, Pineapple Orange, etc. My final suggestion is to put items that aren't too dense and you wouldn't mind eating them wet. For example a soggy banana sounds pretty gross to me and you probably aren't going to get too much flavor from some carrots. 
Have you made an Agua Fresca yourself? Any flavors that you would suggest to try (or not to try)?

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