Agua De Piña
We have been spending a lot of time outside on the slip and slide, not me, but the kiddos. Can you imagine me on a slip and slide? Pretty scary.
The kids slip and I sip, they slide and I sip.
I say it’s a pretty fun time for all involved. Aguas frescas are one of the highlights of summer, that and paletas of course. Fruit blended until shiny smooth, mixed with a bit of water and sweetened to taste. It really doesn’t get any better. While the kids slip into their bathing suits I quickly blend a large pitcher of agua fresca, add ice and we’re set for the afternoon.
I don’t like to overload my agua with sugar or water as I want the fruit flavor to be the star. Taste your pineapple before adding sugar and feel free to add more water if desired. Pineapple and cucumber are also a great flavor combo and you can never go wrong with pineapple and mango.
Agua Frescas (fresh waters) are made with fresh fruit and a mix of vegetables or seeds. Prepared agua fresca drink mixes can be found in the Latin section of your grocery store, but I find many are loaded with sugar and provide very little fruit flavor. Why bother when aguas are so easy to make and can be made seasonal when the fruit/vegetables are at their peak.
- 1 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
- Juice from ½ lime
- 4 cups of water
- ½ cup sugar, agave or your choice of sweetener
- In a blender add half of the diced pineapple and 1/2 cup water.
- Blend until smooth and strain.
- Repeat with the second half of pineapple and strain.
- Add fresh pineapple juice, lime juice, water and sugar to large pitcher and stir.
- Taste and adjust for desired sweetness.
- Serve over ice.
Mas Agua Frescas ~