I haven’t posted many drinks on this blog. Since I don’t drink any alcohol, special drinks are not all that exciting to me. They just become extra calories that I’d rather eat in dessert, to be honest. But hot weather combined with pregnancy has made me REALLY thirsty lately, and I can only drink so much water.
I also don’t think I have ever seen a drink called “agua fresca” in Mexico. I remember a conversation I overheard with a Mexican who seemed very confused by the idea. I mean, it translates to “fresh water”. But google will provide you with lots of recipes to try.
I really enjoyed this version. I think the basic formula works for just about any fruit. Depending on the fruit, you would need to add more or less water. Watermelon has a lot of water in it, hence the name. A more substantial fruit, like peaches or strawberries, for example, might need more water to thin it down. Have fun and enjoy!
Watermelon Agua Fresca (Serves 3-6)
6 cups watermelon cubes
2 tablespoons – ¼ cup granulated sugar
about 2 cups water
2 tablespoons lime juice (optional)
1. Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, adding more sugar or water as needed.
2. Optional step: strain drink over fine mesh strainer.
3. Chill until ready to serve.
Nutritional Information (Amount per serving):
Protein: 2 g
Fat: less than 1 g
Saturated Fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 32 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sodium: 5 mg
Recipe Notes: I didn’t strain mine, as you can see by the pulpy layer in the photo. Just stirring it with a spoon combined it all. I didn’t mind that texture, but feel free to strain it if it bugs you. The amount of sugar will depend on the ripeness/sweetness of your fruit. Feel free to mix up the other flavorings. I’ve seen basil and mint suggested online. And as I said above, mix it up on the fruit. I’ve had cantaloupe, which is delicious. But strawberry, peach, and mango would also be delicious.
Source: Adapted from sources online.
Low-iodine adjustment: none needed. Enjoy!