Every time I travel I inevitably find some dish that I die a little over. Food just tastes better when you’re on vacation, right? For some time now, I’ve been saying that I’m going to start sharing these recipes with my readers when I get home and then *squirrel*, I’m off chasing something else. Today, I’ve finally pulled it together and I’m going to share how to make Strawberry Agua Fresca with you.
I first tried Strawberry Agua Fresca at Via Napoli at Disney’s Epcot. To be honest, I’d never heard of it ( I know I lead a sheltered life apparently), but I did know I loved it. Not overly sugary, Strawberry Agua Fresca was a perfectly refreshing drink on a hot day in Florida. I knew I had to try making my own when I got home. But first, to figure out, what the heck an agua fresca was? Agua Frescas, as it turns out aren’t Italian but rather of Portuguese and Spanish origin. You can check out the Wiki page or trust me when I say, agua frescas are non-alcoholic beverages that consist of fruit, cereal, flowers or seeds combined with sugar and water. And there you have it, now you are as over-informed as I am.
Who are we kidding, right? Let’s just get to the drink.
How to Make Strawberry Agua Fresca
5 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled
5 cups of water
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
Mint sprigs and sliced strawberry for garnish
In a blender, puree 2 1/2 cups strawberries with 1 1/2 cups water until smooth. Pour mixture through fine mesh sieve, pressing liquid through using spatula into pitcher, leaving seeds in sieve. Discard seeds and repeat process with remaining strawberries and 1 1/2 cups water. To pitcher add sugar, lime and salt and stir to combine. Add remaining two cups water and stir well. Serve over ice with strawberry slices and mint as garnish. Feel free to add a little bit of your favourite vice, Patron works well, as does a little Grey Goose. Enjoy.