Saturday, July 14, 2012

Agua de Papaya


Agua fresca (Spanish for fresh water) is a popular beverage in Mexico.  A blend of puréed fruit, sugar, and water, there is nothing quite like it for quenching a thirst on a hot day.  A rather large Caribbean red papaya that had been lurking in my fridge was calling my name, so I used it, but you can substitute almost any type of melon or other soft fruit using the same proportions.

Agua de Papaya
3 cups Melissa’s Caribbean red papaya, seeded, peeled, coarsely chopped
3 cups water, divided
¼ - 1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup lime juice

Peel, seed, and coarsely chop the papaya and measure out 3 ample cups.  Purée cubed papaya and 1 cup of the water in a food processor until very smooth.  Strain mixture into a large pitcher; discard pulp.  Stir in remaining water (or you can use seltzer or club soda), sugar, and lime juice.  Pour the agua fresca over ice cubes into tall glasses.  For a bit of whimsy add a sugar cane swizzle stix to each glass.

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12 comments:

Lyndsey Chapin said...

I do love agua frescas, I have some tamarind and jamaica flowers ready to use for this! The papaya sounds very refreshing!

Tanya@takesix said...

Pattie, this looks so refreshing! A wonderful summertime drink!

~~louise~~ said...

It sure does look refreshing Pattie. Perhaps I should give Papaya another chance:)

Thanks for sharing...

Sarah said...

Looks very refreshing for a hot summer day.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wow, agua de papaya sounds so fresh and perfect to make today for our BBQ at our daughter's city where is in the 80's. Thanks for sharing.
FABBY

The Tablescaper said...

Looks so refreshing. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely drink and sounds so refreshing and easy. I love fruity drinks like this and this one would sure be the most beautiful thing on the table.

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

Pattie, this is interesting. Over here, we do blend papaya with milk for a smoothie but seldom make papaya drink as you have done... Sure sounds refreshing!

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Carole said...

Lovely - looks so refreshing.
I found this on Stone Gable's On the Menu Monday. I have linked in a fried chicken dish that you don't want to look at if you are dieting! Have a nice week.

SKIP TO MALOU said...

I would love to have a glass of your agua de papaya. ahhh sooo refreshingly looking!

Malou

Lisa said...

Pattie, this looks and sounds so good and refreshing, especially with the hot weather we've been having! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday."