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Cantaloupe Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Melón

Growing up in California, we always had an abundance of fruit trees in our backyard so drinking fresh juices was the norm for us. Perhaps this is why I have always loved the variety of aguas frescas available in Mexican restaurants and mercados. My parents weren’t really ones to serve us store-bought juices and now I’m the same way. Luckily for Amado, aguas frescas happen to be one of my specialties. Read More…

¡Viva la Vida! A Toast to Watermelon Agua Fresca

watermelon drink: watermelon agua fresca

Nothing says backyard barbeque like homemade ribs, mac and cheese and a big jarra of my Watermelon Agua Fresca — and that’s exactly what’s on the menu for my sister Ivana’s 25th birthday bash tonight.

Two years ago I had the unique opportunity to travel throughout Mexico and research cooking schools outside of the popular food-lover’s destination, Oaxaca. It was in the charming city of Morelia, Michoacan that I was able to mix business with pleasure as my mother and sister joined me on my culinary investigation. Here, we took a private cooking class with Cynthia Martinez, chef and owner of the adorable San Miguelito restaurant and operator of Zirita Taller de Experiencias Culinarias, one of the most beautiful cooking schools in all of Mexico!

I have found that traveling always offers opportunities to learn something new about your travel partners as well as the destination you are visiting. It’s a matter of fact it was on this trip to Morelia that I learned about my sister Ivana’s affinity for watermelon agua fresca. Therefore, it is only appropriate that I commemorate our travels together and her birthday by showcasing this exquisite drink! To 25 years of life, Ivana, and in the words of the late Frida Kahlo, “Viva la Vida!” Read More…

Star Fruit-Vanilla Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Carambola con Vainilla

star-fruit-agua-fresca

Ingredients:
3 large star fruits
5 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar (or to taste)
Turbinado sugar to rim glass (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Slice star fruit into ¼-inch pieces. Set aside a few slices for garnish.
  2. Blend star fruit with water, vanilla, and sugar on high for 60 seconds.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into large pitcher. You may need to agitate the mixture to let the juice through, avoid pushing through the pulp to keep juice light in consistency. Discard pulp.
  4. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with sliced star fruit.

Passion Fruit Iced Tea | Té de Maracuyá (Fruta de la Passión)

by Lola

Ingredients:
8 cups freshly brewed tea
5 passion fruits
½ cup sugar (or to taste)

Preparation:
Remove pulp from 5 passion fruits and add to blender along with tea (once it has cooled) and sugar. Blend on high setting for 30 seconds.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into large pitcher.
Chill and serve over ice.

Note: Always remember to mix before serving, as rice passsion fruit pulp tends to settle at the bottom when sitting.

Kiwi Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Kiwi

kiwi-agua-fresca

Ingredients:
5 kiwis peeled
6 cups water
½ cup sugar (or to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Blend kiwis, 3 cups water, and sugar on medium setting for 60 seconds.
  2. Strain using fine-mesh sieve into large pitcher.
  3. Stir in remaining 3 cups water.
  4. Chill and serve over ice.