I’ve spent the last few months obsessing about drinks that will keep you refreshed without being overly loaded with sugar. This Cucumber Cooler and Pomegranate Soda were right up there, but what if you’re looking for a spruced up version of just water? I have more than one friend who has confessed that sipping water can get a bit boring! Hey, let’s not judge anyone around this little spot on the internet! A little bit of digging around the internet led me to the fruit-blended waters from the Americas that have minimal sugar added to them and are just so invigorating! They are called, quite simply, agua fresca which translate to fresh water. I’ve been making them a lot with peaches which happen to be in season right now… and I’m so addicted! I know that there are a lot of exclamation marks being thrown around here, but honestly, this drink was gently refreshing… and I might have even considered spritzing my face with it. (If you’re worried for me, I should tell you that I didn’t follow through with that thought)
Absolutely nothing excites me more than working with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. I’d be heartbroken if we figured a way to make peaches available through the year. My Mum would trick me into eating peaches when I was younger, telling me it was the only way I could get myself a peaches ‘n’ cream complexion. Her clever little trick made me look forward to the annual arrival of ‘peach’ season when I was a kid, and now I love them whole-heartedly!
This is also the sort of drink that doesn’t require much prep time. Blend the fruit with half the water, strain and then blend again with some sugar, vanilla extract and the remaining water. That’s it. I should warn you, if you like your beverages really sweet, this one relies heavily on the sweetness of the fruit and then just a tad bit more with the sugar. It’s not intended to be as sweet as an iced tea, but if you like things on the sweeter side, go ahead and adjust it to your taste.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn