Agua Fresca - Cucumber-Lime

If you’ve checked out the @BebidasBlog Twitter feed, you’d have seen I have a special bebida in the works, which requires a bit of patience and waiting (5 days so far!).  Not wanting to lose momentum, I found myself with an over-the-hill cucumber and a bag of limes.  Agua fresca!

If you’re ever in Mexico, aguas frescas are literally everywhere.  Sodas are popular, but I bet they don’t hold a candle to aguas frescas; in part because they’re extremely easy to make, and are a great way to stretch the ingredients.  You’ll frequently see a colorful line-up of vitroleros (large glass containers used for aguas frescas) decorating restaurant counters or market tables.  The vendor dips a large ladle in, gives it all a stir, and draws it full to pour into a styrofoam cup (en vaso) or plastic baggie (en bolsa). Drink, enjoy, repeat.

There are an infinite variety of aguas frescas. They’re made from fruits, flowers, grains; anything you can imagine that would be delicious sweetened and served over ice.  Cucumber-lime (agua pepino con limón) is a relatively common variety (though not as common as jamaica, horchata, melon, etc.), and is best enjoyed on a warm day. And the radioactive green is wonderful!

Source: Paletas – Fany Gerson

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 – 3 limes)
  • 1/3 cup sugar, or more to taste

Steps:

  1. Rinse cucumber, remove the ends and cut into slices.  Place slices in a blender jar.
  2. Add water to blender jar and blend until cucumber is pureed.
  3. Strain cucumber/water mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.  Discard pulp.
  4. Add lime juice and sugar to pitcher; adjust sugar to taste.
  5. Chill completely and enjoy in a glass over ice.

This is super-easy to make.  If I hadn’t stopped to take photos, start-to-finish would have taken 5 minutes, with the bulk of the time spent fishing the ingredients from their respective homes.  The bang-to-buck ratio for this drink is extremely high, so once you try it, you’ll have no excuse to not enjoy it regularly.  It’s too delicious not to!

1 comment to Agua Fresca – Cucumber-Lime

  • This was so delicious, and perfect with our tortas — I am already looking forward to drinking this stuff, in its innumerable iterations, all summer long!

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