Strawberry Cucumber Agua Fresca

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We’re flirxting with summer. By the way, “flirxting” is a technical term.

I’m so ready to do a canon ball in a pool; definitely not ready to be in a bathing suit in front of other humans. Ugh.

I’m looking forward to old movies in the cemetery whilst eatin’ cool snacks; not ready to need air-conditioning.

I can’t wait to bake up elaborate pies with fresh berries; not ready for fruit flies. They loooove my kitchen in the summer.

I’m excited for crazy salads (I can’t believe I’m saying that!), but when it’s hot outside all I want to eat are piles upon piles of grilled vegetables. I’m so not ready to sweat. There’s nothing adorable about the act of sweating, am I right?

I haven’t completely warmed up to the idea of summer but I’m attempting a full on embrace by drinking fruity drinks.

I’m staring with this strawberry cucumber-spiked agua fresca.

I recommend this to be placed in your summer arsenal.

If you’re invited to BBQs in the next upcoming months–which you will be because everyone likes you and you’re cool–I advise you to turn to this on occasion.

It takes about 15 minutes to throw together. It’s not expensivo. And everyone likes drinking pink, refreshing things.

Also, it’s awesome with a lil’ vodka thrown in.

And P.S.:

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! We all appreciate you.

Strawberry Cucumber Agua Fresca

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2 pounds of strawberries, hulled and halved
Water
6 tablespoons sugar
4 smallish English cucumbers, peeled, chopped
Juice from 2 limes

1. In a blender, add the strawberries, 2 cups of water and sugar. Blend for a minute, until mixture is smooth. Transfer strawberry mixture to a sieve which is lined with a few layers of fine cheesecloth. Let the mixture drain for 10 minutes, stirring the puree every few minutes to coax it along. Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and gently squeeze it to expel any remaining juice. Meanwhile, add the cucumber with 1/2 cup water to the blender (no need to clean it!) and blend until combined. Repeat straining process with cucumber puree.

2. Add the cucumber juice and lime juice to the strained strawberry mixture, along with 1 1/2 cups of water. Adjust sugar to taste. Transfer bowl to refrigerator and chill for an hour. Serve over ice.

Yields 4 cups

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Marie May 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

This looks so refreshing. Can’t wait for the next bbq. :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

What a great flavor pair…looks so refreshing!

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Karen May 11, 2012 at 4:01 am

I wish the weather was warm enough to try this, but I like the idea of splashing vodka in it (warm things up)!!

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marissa @ the boot May 11, 2012 at 4:03 am

i totally feel you – i’m ready but not! it’s still early, i guess. one question, how much water do you add to the strawberries initially? enough to cover or is that too much?

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Adrianna May 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

2 cups! It’s in there now. :)

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black May 11, 2012 at 5:09 am

I want this!!!

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Mike @TheIronYou May 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

That’s absolutely the best summer drink possible!

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Allyn May 11, 2012 at 6:19 am

Yes please! OH, and I made your coconut curried fried rice last night. Mind=blown. So so good. So so easy.

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Nina @ ambrosia May 11, 2012 at 6:31 am

This looks like a perfectly refreshing summer drink that I know I’m going to try out once it starts getting warmer! Looking forward to it!

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Emily @ She Makes and Bakes May 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

I am so excited for summer I can taste it…and will be tasting this drink soon, too!

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Margarita May 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

Strawberry and cucumber, what a cool (literally) combination! I love drinks that do not require the fake stuff… everything fresh and fun! This would be great with some mint leaves thrown in!

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Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn May 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

Is it totally inappropriate that when I first took a look at that gorgeous drink my immediate thought was how great it might be with a splash of rum or tequila in it? It must be the weekend…

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Maggie May 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

Summer means I can drop just about whatever I want into my water.. I went to a hotel and they had cucumber lemon water. yuuuummm. strawberry has always been a favorite but they get SUPER soggy if you leave them too long.

This looks fantastic! and every drink is better out of a glass jar :) Happy friday!!!

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Amy May 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

This would be perfect with a splash of vodka or tequila :)

xoxo,
mon amy

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Katie May 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

I second this statement! When I saw strawberry, I thought vodka… but when I saw lime, my mind screamed, “TEQUILA!” (just like in the song) :-P

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Lisa May 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

How many will this recipe serve?

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Adrianna May 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Just added the yield!

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NicoleD May 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Want! I have yet to make an agua fresca and this looks like the one :)

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Melissa Klotz May 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I live in LA too, and bleh, we’re already starting to get fruit flies :( In other news, this drink looks delish!

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Martha @ Weekend Doings May 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’m so ready for summer, but not the sweating part… This agua fresca looks delicious. I also want to try to make paletas with this recipe.

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Reformed Foodie May 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

MMMM…looks so refreshing. Great flavor combo – totally on board with adding a bit of vodka for summer BBQs – super idea!

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Jessica May 12, 2012 at 12:20 am

I’m gonna have to wow my Mexican in laws with this recipe!! Woot woot, they love them some agua fresca.

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Adrianna May 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Do it and take all the credit! :)

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

Yummy, I love how light and refreshing agua fresca is. I’ve never thought about adding cumcumber though. It sounds really good!

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Tv Food and Drink May 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

Very enticing pics and simple recipe. Thanks for the post! – Gary

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kale May 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Are you using an extra-small miniature colander holding those strawberries?? They look like gorgeous red giants! Yum.

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Adrianna May 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Haha. Yes. It’s a small colander. But those strawberries were super gigantic. :)

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Kasey May 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I’m totally excited for crazy salads! And this delicious-sounding (and looking) agua fresca. YUM!

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Jill May 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

How refreshing! Just need the weather to pick up a little so we can have a bbq and impress my guests with this lovely and unusual drink,

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Channing @ Hot Bod Brigade! (a pop up blog) May 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

OMBod this is a sexy sassy summer drink! White rum would be simply scrumptious too, I think! Have you ever done infused simple syrup, like mint or lavender infused? So, yeah, this drink is a total yum-fest.

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