Agua Fresca

It’s that time of year again when the farmers market’s spill over with all sorts of amazing produce and herbs.  It’s summer! And with it comes one of my favorite things in the entire world – aguas frescas.

Aguas frescas have grazed every party for as long as have been able to form memories. I once spent a summer alone in Guadalajara Mexico and fell in love with all of the concoctions that are served in every corner of the city! Huge containers of these cooling drinks are found at street stands all over Mexico, their thirst-quenching contents ladled out throughout the day. Seriously addicting!!! Aguas Frescas are very diverse and usually include whatever fresh fruits are in season, herbs, seeds, and/or edible flowers. My garden has exploded with basil, the basil madness started with a 1″ plug that I bought from Rolling Hills Farms at the Farmers Market. Since I have baskets full of basil I decided to make a Lemon Basil agua fresca. Delicious and absolutely refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • Handful of roughly chopped sweet basil
  • 1/4 cup of raw sugar

Directions

In a small bowl, combine  sugar and fresh lemon juice; stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon mixture and 8 cups water to chopped basil and mix well. Adjust sweetness with more sugar if desired. (Mixture can be refrigerated, up to 2 days.) To serve, add plenty of ice. I like to add berries or peaches to mine for an extra kick. Enjoy!

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