Agua Fresca

AGUA FRESCA

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In support of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, I’m excited to share this recipe with hispanic influence included in my recently published book ‘Traditionally Rustic Food‘.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognising the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Agua fresca or ‘fresh waters‘ has a long tradition in Mexico and Central America. I came to know about it living in California. Now it’s one of my favourite drinks in summer and for parties. Its origin goes back to the 15th century when Aztecs farmers would paddle their canoes looking for a ripe fruit to mash and mix with water for a refreshing drink.

Although traditionally sweetened with sugar or agave syrup, I like using honey. During my first trip to Spain after moving to the US, I made agua fresca for my daughter and her friends. Our Spanish neighbour Cheli produces her own honey and she gave me a jar to try and use in the agua fresca. Ever since, I always use honey when making this refreshing drink.

Makes 4 to 6 drinks

1 cup ripe fruit of your choice, roughly chopped
3 cups (750ml / 24 oz) water
1 Tablespoon honey
Ice

1. Place fruit, honey, and 1 cup of water in a powerful blender or food processor
2. Blend until well combined
3. Add remaining water and stir

To serve, put agua fresca in a jar (pitcher) and add some ice.

When using berries, strain the agua fresca before serving, to remove the seeds.

I have many other recipes with hispanic heritage in my book: sangría, simple guacamole & more. Use the link to order your copy. You’ll love it!

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I can’t wait to share another easy & simple recipe with hispanic flavour on my post next week!

EAT WELL AND BE HAPPY!

 

 

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