Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mango-Pineapple Aguas Frescas

I have been crazy about Agua Frescas ever since trying it for the first time last year. With my new love of mangos, this recipe for a Mango-Pineapple Agua Fresca in a recent Parade Magazine caught my eye. Talk about cool and refreshing (not to mention a healthy thirst quencher on those 90+ degree summer days); I think this is going to be my go to drink of the summer. It can easily do double-duty as a hydrating drink throughout the day, and with the addition of rum (the original recipe suggested vodka or gin, but I found rum the most flavorful) it smoothly transitions into cocktail hour. Make up a pitcher and keep it in the fridge. Delicious!

Mango-Pineapple Aguas Frescas
Parade Magazine, July 22, 2014

3 cups chopped mango (I used
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
4 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice 

Combine all ingredients and purée in a blender. Pass through a fine mess strainer* twice, and serve over ice. Makes about 8 cups. 

For a grown-up version, add 1 to 1-1/2 cups gin or vodka to the batch. 

*I found that this did not easily pass through a fine mess strainer, so I used a regular strainer and it worked just fine. It will leave you with a delicious pulp about the consistency of applesauce. Chill it and then heap it into a peach half atop a lettuce leaf for a fruity summer salad.

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1 comment:

Miz Helen said...

Hi Patti,
What a refreshing summertime drink. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen