We are in the middle of a serious heatwave. I know many of my readers will scoff when I tell you the temperature, but please keep in mind that I live in Vancouver. My city is typically a rainforest. I’m not accustomed to these temperatures. I don’t have air conditioner! I’m melting! I’m melting!
Outside, the temperature will hit 29C (84F) which means the inside of my apartment will be a balmy 35C (95F). I love my loft apartment, but it’s not designed for the heat. There is no place for a portable air conditioner because I only have two windows and they are 20 feet up in the air! Instead, we have a fan and we have Agua Fresca to keep us cool.
Agua Frescas are non-alchoholic beverages that can include any number of ingredients including fruit, herbs and seeds with water. The thing I like about Agua Fresca is that it gives me the “essence of juice” without causing me to lapse in to a sugar coma. It’s perfect for hot days when you need to stay hydrated.
Yesterday, I made this blueberry-mint version because we had a metric buttload of delicious local blueberries on hand.. Today, I’ll probably make one with honeydew and mint. This recipe isn’t really a recipe, more of a guideline. You can switch up the fruit/herb to suit your tastes (and whatever you have in the fridge). Here are some combinations I’m planning to try…
- Cantaloup + basil
- Pineapple + ginger
- Mango + chili pepper
- Strawberry + thyme
- Kiwi + lime
It’s not an exact science, but my basic ratio is 1.5 cups of fruit + 4 cups water + juice of half a lime + herbs and sweetener to taste.
- 1.5 cups blueberries
- 4 cups water
- 5 mint leaves
- Juice of half a lime
- sweetener of choice to taste*
- Combine all the ingredients in your blender at high speed. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Serve chilled over ice.