May 9, 2014

Strawberry, Mint & Lime Agua Fresca


Oh, what a beautiful spring day it has turned out to be!  The sun is shining without a cloud in the sky, and there's a lovely, fresh breeze flowing through the windows of my home.  Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and we celebrated with these delicious agua frescas.  Thankfully, I had some leftover that I could enjoy this afternoon on my back porch along with the lovely weather (minus the tequila, of course!).  Agua fresca means "fresh waters" in Spanish.  They are refreshing, fruity, and easy to make.  Try experimenting using fresh pineapple, cantaloupe, or any combination of your favorite fruits!      

Note:  Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries, you can add up to 1/3 c of sugar to the  strawberry mixture.        



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and chopped 
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped 
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice from 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp sugar (depending on the sweetness of your strawberries)
  • 2 tbsp grenadine syrup
  • 1 c water 
  • 1 c seltzer water
  • Ice
  • Optional:  Tequila, to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, mint leaves, sugar, and grenadine syrup.  Stir well to combine.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.  

Pour the water into the strawberry mixture.  Process in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve, pressing down with a spatula on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.  Discard the solids.  


Stir in the seltzer water.  Pour the agua fresca into serving glasses over ice.  Stir in the optional tequila, to taste.

Garnish with strawberry, lime and mint.  

Enjoy!





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