Agua Frescas, 3 Ways
As far as I'm concerned, we still have a lot of summer ahead of us. Even if the kids are going back to school, there's still enough daylight hours left to enjoy some fun activities.
We're in the Hamptons right now and it's hot, hot, hot. On days like this, I'll reach for my favorite bottle of rosé to relax and enjoy. Now that I'm pregnant, it's obviously not happening--but I still want a fruity drink to quench my thirst.
I've noticed everyone is OBSESSED with agua frescas recently so I had to give it a try. The drink, which is popular in Mexico, literally translates to "fresh water." If that doesn't sound refreshing, I don't know what does! The best part? My kids loved them, too!
See below for some of our favorite recipes. They are all Brooksie approved!
Cantaloupe + Basil Agua Fresca:
- 15 cups chopped cantaloupe (about 3 1/2-pound melons)
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
STEP 1: Working in batches, puree cantaloupe in a blender until smooth.
STEP 2: Pour into pitcher. Add lemon juice, basil, and 2 cups cold water. Let steep at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
STEP 3: Fill glasses with ice and enjoy!
Berry + Coconut Agua Fresca:
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup chopped raspberries
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups coconut water
- 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
STEP 1: Puree berries, water, and coconut water in a blender until smooth.
STEP 2: In a pitcher, combine berry water with lemon juice and let sit for an hour. Pour over ice once ready to sip.
Cucumber + Lime Agua Fresca:
- 4 tsp. simple syrup (1/2 cup water + 1/2 sugar simmered in saucepan for 3 min.)
- 5 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 pieces fresh ginger, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
STEP 1: Fill blender with cucumber, ginger and water. Puree until smooth.
STEP 2: Pour into pitcher. Stir in the lime juice and simple syrup. Serve over ice.