6/21/2011

{Recipe} Strawberry Agua Fresca

When planning Katie's Baby Shower, I asked her three months ago what he favorite flavor was.  She told me that it was strawberry.
Matt and I have been to a really nice Mexican restaurant that serves the best agua fresca.  I knew that we were going to have A LOT of sweet things at the shower, so I wanted to serve a drink that was light and fresh...
Enter Strawberry Agua Fresca (Fresh Strawberry Water)

Strawberry Agua Fresca
Makes approx 1 1/2 gallons
 1 Flat of Fresh Strawberries, sliced
1 cup Sugar* plus additional to taste
3 cups cold water

*If you have selected nice juicy strawberries you may not need the sugar, but I did so that is what I am posting.

Wash and slice your strawberries.  Place them in a large bowl and pour on the cup of sugar.  Cover with the three cups of cold water. Allow the strawberries to macerate* in the refrigerator at least four hours.  I leave mine overnight. 

* Macerate means to soften and break apart.  The juices are then aided by the sugar in coming out and sweetening the mixture.  This process can be sped along by ever so slightly smashing the strawberries so that the water and sugar can permeate through.

When the strawberries are ready, pour a little at a time into the blender and pulverize.  Dump the pulp into a pitcher.  I poured mine into a two gallon glass canister.  Add water until it approximately equals 1 1/2 gallons.*
Add more sugar to taste, then add at least a three inch layer of ice cubes.

* You can pass the mixture through a sieve to strain the seeds.  I only had one that could do a 1/2 cup at a time, and I did not have the patience to worry about it:) If you do... have at it!

Get a ladle, some glasses, and enjoy the light and refreshing drink.

You could pour the Agua Fresca into an ice cube tray and freeze, then serve in Sprite or more Agua Fresca.  You could also make popsicles with little dixie cups and popsicle sticks.
I want to try and make Strawberry Banana or Watermelon Agua Fresca.  My Sister in Law, Amy, served her mission in Brazil, and she said that they had all kinds of yummy agua fresca.  Mango, Guava, Passionfruit, Pineapple... so many options.  Play around with it, this recipe is very forgiving.