A Mexican non-alcoholic drink made with fresh juice, water and sugar, agua fresca is light but refreshing. In this version, cucumbers and mint were combined to make the drink.
We had quesadillas for brunch earlier and I thought I’d complete the Mexican theme by serving the quesadillas with agua fresca. I think themed meals are fun — but only when it’s not too fussy. I remember another Mexican-themed breakfast when I made potatoes with chorizo and chili, and enjoyed it with cafe con leche.
I was actually thinking about that delicious cafe con leche as made a mental inventory of the things I’d need for the agua fresca, wondering if I ought to make cafe con leche instead. But there were cucumbers in the fridge, the mint in the garden is thriving and I remembered that we bought a glass carafe a couple of weeks ago that we hadn’t used yet… Perfect!
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeds scraped off then diced
- 8 mint leaves
- sugar, to taste
- Put the diced cucumber, about 4 tbsps. of sugar and four mint leaves in the blender. Pour in about two cups of water and puree.
- Pour the pureed mixture into a pitcher (or a carafe, if you feel like it), add ice, stir and add more sugar if needed.
- Tear the remaining mint leaves, add to the agua fresca, stir and serve.