Agua Fresca

A cold drink on a hot day is so refreshing, but they can often be filled with added sugar. Agua Fresca is a beverage commonly consumed in Mexico and is as simple as blending fruit with water and lime juice. Although some recipes add sweetener, the type of fruit you choose can prevent the need for it. It’s also great to help your family acquire an enjoyment for less sweet drinks. Beautiful colour can be achieved with hibiscus leaves, used in Mexico to make Agua Jamaica, a bright, naturally pink, drink.

Serves 4

2 cups fruit (e.g. pineapple, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumber/mint)

2 cups water (may need much less with watermelon)

1 lime juiced

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately over ice.

Recipe by Nicole Fetterly, RD