Agua Fresca De Pepino (Cucumber Lime Cooler)
Muy Bueno has become my favorite site for Mexican recipes that I have not yet tried. This Agua Fresca for example is one of their recipes. Let me just say if you are thirsty and love Aguas Frescas, YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS ONE. I cannot get enough of it. My little girl and I made it together earlier this week and I’m so glad we did because it was the perfect weather for it. Chill it with some ice cubes, and OMG, one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had. Now that summer is here I’ll be looking at how to make more aguas frescas because in truth, we are not juice annd soda kind of parents. We never buy soda. Juices we do, but even then we limit it to a minimum. This one is definitely becoming a regular in our household, with maybe one small adjustment.
1/4 cup lime juice
6 cups water
2/3 cup sugar
and your blender.
At first I thought the lime would be a little too much and we would taste the acidity which is something my family is not a fan of.
That was not the case here. The ratios in this recipe are perfect!
Start by peeling and chopping up the cucumbers. Throw them into the blender with the water.
By the way, I just now realized the directions say blend with the water, but I blended the cucumbers with the lime only.
It worked out anyway thank goodness. I was a little worried at first because it took about 4 seconds and a few hits at the pulse button to get it going, so definitely use some of that water to blend the cucumber. These are the kind of mistakes one makes when there are three children in the kitchen waiting for snack and wanting to help. Someone help me pleeaassee!
The original recipe asks to strain the pulp out but I’m a
pulp-loving-kind-of-girl so I kept it all. Whenever we buy orange juice, I choose the one that says “lots of pulp” in fact.
Remember that one small adjustment I was talking about. Well, this is it.
I think next time I will try using Agave Nectar instead of sugar just because we are trying to cut back on sugar and I know that agave is more natural, and you don’t need as much as you would with raw sugar. One of these days I will post a few picks of my honeymoon where we toured a tequila factory (somewhere in the hills) of Puerto Vallarta. We learned a few things that day about the benefits of the Agave plant. One of them is that it’s a natural sugar before it becomes a tequila. Wierd ha?! Anyway, I’ll share those photos one day. For now I might be using this sugar substitute the next time I make Agua De Pepino (which will probably be again this weekend as a Mojito!).
Why our spoon is being used upside down, I don’t know. I think I just handed it to her like that and so she used it that way. Whatever works right?!
Minus the one-year-old tugging on my pants and about ten distractions, it turned out great in the end.
Of course. Why wouldn’t it?! These awsome Latinas at Muy Bueno Cookbookhave nothing but delicious authentic recipes to offer.
Get the full detailed recipe for Agua Fresca De Pepino (Cucumber Lime Cooler) at Muy Bueno Cookbook.