Strawberry season is here, and it finally feels like summer outside! As the weather gets hotter, we should all be drinking more water to make sure we don't get dehydrated. Since water can get boring quickly, cool off with a strawberry agua fresca.
This light refreshing drink is very quick to make and can be made in a small batch for two people or in larger quantities to serve at a barbecue. It can also be improved with a shot of rum - sort of like a strawberry daiquiri, but much lighter. This nutrient packed drink won't leave you feeling heavy and sluggish like you just drank a pound of sugar.
In the recipe below, I included the proportions for making 2, 4, or 8 servings. Most blenders go up to 6 cups, so if you want to make more than 8 servings, you will have to make two batches.
Strawberry Agua Fresca
|For 2||For 4||For 8|
|Strawberries||5 large (about 1 cup)||10 large (about 2 cups)||20 large (about 1 pound)|
|Lime Juice||1/2 tbsp||1 tbsp||2 tbsps|
|Water||1 1/2 cups||3 cups||5-6 cups|
|Sugar (or agave syrup)||1 tbsp||2 tbsps||4 tbsps (1/4 cup)|
Hull the strawberries (that's a fancy way of saying remove the green parts that you don't want to eat). Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend for 15-30 seconds, until everything is well combined and all the strawberries are blended with the rest of the ingredients.
Taste the Agua Fresca. You might need to add more sugar if your strawberries aren't very sweet. If you decide to add more sugar, add 1 tablespoon at a time, blend for 10 seconds, then taste again to see if you need more sugar.
Chill in the fridge for an hour, or serve immediately over ice if you can't wait.
What's your favorite summer drink?