Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Agua Frescas from deep in the Heart~

Drink your water! Did you drink enough water today? The resounding demand during the hot summer months is to drink your H2O. We all know we don't drink enough & our bodies need it. Over the weekend we were in San Antonio working outside in the heat during an Estate/Yard sale (what were we thinking it's August in Texas???) We all thought we were drinking liquids a plenty but not nearly enough for the heat & the moving, packing, dragging & lifting of multiple boxes of dishware, etc... Later in the day we all wondered why we hadn't forced more liquid down. Seriously, we are all smarter than that!! (Chapter 3 vs 6 of thou shalt not perish in the Texas heat all about staying hydrated...)

In Mexico the answer to quenching a thirst is often found in the Vitrolero, the large glass barrels sold from street carts & in mercados. Some restaurants will actually offer the Agua del dia free with a meal. Agua Fresca simply put means Fresh Water. So perfect this heavenly combination of water & fresh fruits, surely it must be difficult...the aguas are colorful & refreshing beyond belief. Agua Frescas are a perfect compliment to the spicy foods found in Latin American cuisine, in fact many countries have a version of Agua Fresca.

Watermelon Agua Fresca ~ Agua de Sandía con Menta

2 cups ripe Watermelon,
1/4 cup Sugar
4 cups Water
4 Tbsp. Mint

Cut melon into cubes & de-seed if not using a seedless variety. Place melon cubes into blender with 1 cup of water. Blend till the consistency is very fine. Add mint & sugar. Continue blending 1 minute more. Slowly add 1 more cup of water. Pour this mixture into a pitcher adding the remaining water. In Mexico this mixture is either strained or served with pulp. It is your choice. We enjoy the bits & pieces. Chill, serve over ice & garnished with mint leaves (optional).

**Also shown is a fresh squeezed lemon juice over sparkling water.

An old fashioned juicer makes this summer cooler a little more authentic~

Lemon Raspberry Refesca

14 oz pureed & strained Raspberries
4 Lemons of Lemons,
1/4 cup Sugar
Sparkling Water
Lemon Peel, sliced & twisted

Strain Raspberry pulp & lemon juice. Mix in sugar till sugar is incorporated. Pour 1/4 cup Raspberry, Lemon mixture in glass, add ice. Pour sparkling water over ice, garnish with lemon twist & serve immediately.


  1. Watermelon Agua Fresca is just the thing I need to make today and I have lots of watermelon to use, thanks!

  2. Thanks for stopping by 5 star. Watermelon is really our favorite. It really seems to hit the spot. Good luck!

  3. I could use a glass or two of this after mowing the lawn! 8-)

  4. Tangled Noodle~this really, really hits the spot. You can mix it up a bit & use any fruit you would enjoy.

  5. That sounds so refreshing. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Please come back often as I will be posting lots of new recipes for the fall. Have a wonderful day.

  6. This looks and sounds delicious--and an important part of maintaining summer health. We've had high heat in the upper midwest for quite awhile now. Thanks so much for your visit!


  7. I've just learned about Agua Fresca, we made pineapple vanila and they were delicious! Seem like the possibilities are endless and all are so refreshing.

  8. I LIKE your new blog! :)
    Agua Fresca is the best thing you can do in this heat. I freeze a bottle of water and take it with me when I go out... the water stays cooler longer before the ice melts... maybe I'll put some fresh fruit in it next time before I freeze it.

  9. These are both so refreshing and delicious - would love a raspberry one right about now! Love that your both collaborating on this new site!

  10. New blog looks so very lovely!
    I do drink lots of tea every day...not much fresh juice though. Both drinks sound marvelous.

  11. That looks so refreshing...It's 113 today in Arizona...I think I need to make some of this :)

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  13. These look so refreshing! Thanks for posting on my blog. Maybe we need to have Aguas Frescas with Pork Carnitas!