We have had a few bumps along the way with our move. A new AC install, floors in need of repair and electrical issues. A few headaches, long days of unpacking and plenty of laughs. Because really what can you do?
Be miserable or laugh and keep working. We chose laughter.
To ease the long days we topped of our tall glasses with refreshing goodness. Aguas are the perfect mid day beverage to rejuvenate the body. 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.
Chayote [chah-YOH-teh] is a member of the squash family. Popular in Latin cuisine chayote can be eaten raw or cooked, often found in salads, soups, baked and even pickled. When selecting a chayote look for smooth green skin free of bruises and firm to the touch. Folds at the tip of the chayote look like a puckered mouth. When peeled the chayote will sometimes excrete a sticky residue, but the end result is well worth the bit of trouble.
Chef Aaron Sanchez describes the taste of a chayote “if a green apple ran into a squash.”
The flavor is delicate with a tiny hint of sweet pickled squash (from the lime juice), but overall high on my must have list for summer sipping. I’m thinking even a chayote margarita is in the works. I’ll keep you posted, Enjoy!
- 4 Chayotes peeled pitted and chopped
- 6 cups water
- 2 Limes juiced
In a blender or food processor blend Chayotes with 1 cup of water (add more if needed), strain add to large pitcher.
Add remaining water, lime juice and sugar to taste.
Stir to combine.
Serve over ice.
Craving more Agua Fresca? Why not try ?
Great Chayote recipes from mis amigos ~
Chayote and Roasted Poblano soup
Chef Don says
Great idea ! I replaced sugar with organic agave and used sparking water. Very refreshing on a hot day. Thank you !
Okay, this is really out of the box thinking. I love it! Just had chayote, that I added to my tilapia guisado. Will definitely give this a shot. Thanks, love your site!
We call this tayota. I’ve never sin it used in a juice before. I am sure it will be very refreshing. I am curious to try it.
Magic of Spice says
So refreshing and beautiful! You are a master of refreshment beyond a doubt!
Spicie Foodie says
Only you Vianney could create a delicous drink out of a chayote. I’ve never heard of or tried agua de chayote. But I do love them so I’m very curious now. I can’t wait to see the chayote margarita. Glad to hear that you have chosen laughter to get you through the move:)
the wicked noodle says
I just bought a juicer and I’m going to try this! Can’t wait – looks so good!
denise @ singapore shiok says
I cook with chayote but never, never thought to make it into a drink!! 😮 This is a gotta try recipe! Thanks!!
Heather @girlichef says
Mmmm…this looks so refreshing, the perfect mid-day refresher! I’m glad to hear that you and the fam are keeping your spirits high – it makes ALL the difference! 😀
You have definitely inspired me to purchase the Chayotes next time I see them at the market! I never know what to do with them and now I do! I know I’d love this drink! Glad your move went smoothly as a move could go! 🙂
Lori Lynn says
Ooh, that does sound refreshing. Love the chef’s depiction.
And your fajitas! Wow! Awesome recipe. Fabulous photo. Let’s crank up that grill, shall we? Love cooking, especially in the outdoors…
I’m grilling branzino!
I’ve never tried chayote before, but I’ve seen them in the local supermarket – thanks for this recipe so I can give them a try.
Lea Ann says
I just wanted to stop by and let you know I received the panini maker. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. Getting ready for vacation, on vacation, catching up from vacation, you know how that goes. Will be making a sandwich soon! 🙂
Belinda @zomppa says
Oops…laughter IS the best approach – not to mention a tall glass of this!
Looks very refreshing and delicious!
An interesting beverage! I didn’t know one could use chayote in this way. I generally stir-fry it or make a salad with it…