Cinco de Mayo originated as a commemoration of Mexican soldiers unlikely defeat of French occupying forces in Puebla, Mexico. May 5 is now widely recognized as a day to celebrate and show pride in Mexican heritage. Aguas frescas are a popular beverage sold by street vendors in Central America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Mexico. The drink is comprised of fruits, seeds or flowers mixed with sugar, lime, and water. Aguas frescas are easy to make and an ideal addition to your table on Cinco de Mayo or any day you’re craving a healthy, refreshing drink!
6 cups water
2 cups strawberries, hulled or thawed frozen
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
Puree the water, lime juice, and strawberries in a blender to a smooth consistency. Next add the sugar and blend thoroughly. Taste the mixture and add more sugar or lime juice, if desired. Refrigerate until chilled or serve immediately over ice.
Tip: Other favorite fruits can be used in place of strawberries. Pineapple, all variety of melons and citrus fruits will make delicious agua fresca. For a twist, add a hint of fresh mint!