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Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca

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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.

Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca
 
Serves: 5 cups
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups blueberries
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Juice of half a lime
  • sweetener of choice to taste*
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in your blender at high speed. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Serve chilled over ice.
Notes
*I used 2 tsp of honey and 10 drops of stevia to keep the sugar levels down.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Hello Jasmine:
    Temperatures of 84°F outside and 95°F inside does not make anyone happy. I live in Central California and we are all in the swimming pool on days with heat waves. However, our heat wave temperatures are from 93° outside and 103°F inside but we have AC to offset the discomfort. When we were going up in Hawaii we had no AC but our temperature extremes were more like Vancouver. Your selection of food and herbs are excellent and I prefer ginger as my favorite. Try using crushed ice in your mix.
    Best regards,
    Zeus

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