1. a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.
Summertime elicits thoughts of late night strolls, swimming pools, eating al fresco and partaking in a refreshing cocktail. Three for four isn't so bad, is it? I say it is! Just because this girls prego doesn't mean she wants to miss out on a specially concocted beverage!
I thought to myself, surely there are others out there who would appreciate some creative nonalcoholic drink recipes! So I bring you Mocktail Month!
This first recipe I am sharing with you I developed on an unusually hot day later last fall. Folks were already in full autumnal baking mode so I knew sharing a recipe for an agua fresca would be falling on deaf ears. I've kept this in my back pocket just waiting for the right time to share.
An Agua Fresca is a drink made with water, pureed fruit and a sweetener (and whatever other add-ins) popular in Mexico and Central America. I love food and drink concepts where your flavor imagination can go wild.
Hibiscus itself already has a very tangy, fruity quality. Pairing it with the more familiar strawberry balances the two flavors nicely, and a pinch of mint gives you that nice "ahhh" factor.
I'll be back next week with Part 2 of Mocktail Month.
Strawberry Hibiscus Agua Fresca
- 11 strawberries
- 4 hibiscus tea bags
- 10 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups of water
Add all the water, tea, mint leaves, and honey to a medium pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the mint leaves and steep for an additional 10 minutes. Remove tea bags from pot making sure to squeeze out an liquid in the tea bags. Add the liquid and strawberries to the canister of a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour the liquid into a medium bowl through a fine mesh strainer.
Serve over ice plain or add a splash of sparkling water or wine.