Monday, June 24, 2013
Strawberry Mint Fresca
"Where have you been for the past three months?!"
I got busy.
Plain and simple. It's tough to juggle a blog, internship, a young business and social life at the same time. So I let a ball drop. But now I've decided to pick it back up again.
That's what she--
To welcome you back to HTIC I decided to make the downright most refreshing beverage I have tasted in my life. I have to give credit to Blue Oven Bread and their fantastic food truck because introduced me to this glorious pink nectar.
When I say fresca, I am in no way talking about that abhorrent soft drink made by Coke. Bleck. I'm referring to agua frescas, or "fresh waters" which are popular drinks in Spanish speaking countries. They usually consist of water and fruit and can be lightly sweetened.
Blue Oven Bread makes a strawberry fresca with honey and mint, so I figured why not fix what ain't broke. Plus I had a particularly unruly peppermint plant on my windowsill which was in need of serious trim.
Frescas are a cinch to make. My only word of advice is to use a strainer that has slightly larger holes than a fine mesh version. That's all I had on hand and it made separating the strawberry juice from the puree pretty tough. Other than that if you have a large vessel and something to stir it with you're in business.
The great thing about frescas is you can customize it depending on your taste. Just with strawberries alone you could make a basil, lime, lemon, thyme or cilantro version. Strawberries aren't your thing? Any fruit you can easily puree can be used instead such as blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, oranges, grapes...if you don't have time to puree take a shortcut and use 100% juice instead!
Let me know what flavors of frescas you're drinking this summer to keep you cool. Goodness knows I'll need a gallon of this version to get me through this 90+ degree week :D
Strawberry Mint Fresca
HTIC Original, inspired by Blue Oven Bread
1 lb. strawberries, hulled
3 cups water
4 T. honey
1/4 cup mint leaves (more or less depending on your taste)
1. In a blender, blend the strawberries into a puree.
2. Add water to pitcher or large jar.
3. Run puree through a strainer into a separate container to remove seeds and pulp from strawberry puree.
4. Pour juice from puree into water. Add honey and mint leaves. Stir to combine.
5. Refrigerate until cool and/or serve over ice. Wipe that sweat from your brow and enjoy!
What I'm Listening to Today
Safe and Sound: Capitol Cities-->so poppy, but so catchy!
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Burning Down the House: Talking Heads