Agua Fresca

Thursday, July 10, 2014




I am happy to report that I have been furiously tending to my projects the last couple days. I found out on Tuesday that my neighbor is having a yard sale today and Friday which turned out to be just the motivation I needed to kick myself into high gear and take the opportunity to get all the things I have been piling to get rid of outside of my house. So that is what I will be doing over the next couple days. And I while I am a bit 'wah wah' about spending the next two days putting on a yard sale, I am so, so happy that I will very soon be turning the corner of the less-than-fun process of cleaning, clearing and de-cluttering, I will soon be able to move on to the fun task of decorating M+L's room. 

We have been having quite the heatwave around here and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I am not complaining though, I love summertime. But I am not always the best at drinking as much water as I should, truth be told I have a pretty bad diet coke habit, but obviously it takes on a whole other level of terrible when it's soaring in the 90's for days on end. So one way I try to get more water is by making my own infused waters and agua fresca. And considering I will be outside baking in the sun at our yard sale I decided to make a couple batches to have on hand over the next couple days. 

One of my favorites is to make Agua Fresca. I made this the first time when I bought yet another watermelon that just wasn't that good. So instead of tossing it out I cut it up and blended it up in the blender with filtered water, a bit of mint from my garden and a squeeze of lemon. It's so refreshing and really simple to make. All you need to do once it is all blended is strain it to get all the chunks out. 

Another favorite of mine is Infused Water with cucumber and basil. I get a large jar (or two) fill with filtered water, ice, cucumber slices, whole basil leaves and stick it in the refrigerator  for a couple hours before drinking (usually I let it sit overnight). Sometimes I add a squeeze to lime right before I drink it and, I also will trade out the cucumbers for leeks - but I skip the lime if I use leeks.

12 comments:

  1. So good to hear that you are tackling those projects but at the same time, you are making us lazy bums out there look bad Christine! Love the inspiration for the cucumber water, if we are being honest here, I need to cut down on the sauce a little bit and this is quite a sophisticated compromise!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hmmmmm....leeks. This I haven't tried. Cucumber, basil, lime, I've tried and regularly do it all. I have no problem drinking tons of water, actually. It's one of the few things I'm good at. Watermelon tends to be too sweet for me, but we have a ton of lavender growing this summer and I'm anxious to try that.

    We're getting rid of stuff like mad. We're terrible at yard sales, so as much as I'd like the money, we just give it away. And we've been unloading like crazy. Just this morning we were dragging stuff out to the curb and debating about a dresser we wanted to get rid of. I was hesitant to put it out there today since it's meant to rain. Our neighbor, who is a Catholic priest walked past and I said, "You don't happen to need a dresser do you? (vow of poverty and all). And he said Yes! He has lots of students moving through and happened to have a navy guy who was storing his stuff in a book case. Problem solved. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I wish I'd known your watermelon water trick, because my mom had a bbq on Sunday with two watermelons, and she had to use the best pieces from both to make the watermelon, feta, and basil salad because neither one was that good. We ate all the leftover watermelon begrudgingly, taking half-bites of pieces that weren't sweet or were too mealy. This will come in handy next time! xo

    ReplyDelete
  4. yum! who doesn't love watermelon. im going to let you in a secret- to find a good watermelon- give it a good smell. and if it smells like garden goodness it's a good one. good luck on your yard sale- its going to be a HOT one. I have always had bad luck doing yard sales- prolly cause I live out in the burbs. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lemonade with honey and fresh mint remains my go-to refreshment for summer, but I like to try all kinds of healthy drinks, so I will definitely take your advice and make these the following days. Good luck with the yard sale!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This looks so good and refreshing! I love watermelon <3 Sadly the weather in the UK has been dreadful lately and it hasn't felt like summer at all. I'm longing for a heatwave so I can enjoy this drink even more :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. the cucumber basil one sounds so wonderful! i am in love with any fruit or veg paired with basil like strawberry basil. i wasn't thirsty before this post but i am now.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have been completely ridiculous and absurd about the amount of water I drink. I think it's something like 8 16 oz bottles now. Basically, I spend my time running back and forth to the bathroom. Best of luck with your organizing goal (you're reminding me I need to get my butt into gear and do some of that myself too)

    ReplyDelete
  9. sounds (and looks) delicious. I'm bad when it comes to drinking water too and been having an awful lot of cold green and ginger tea lately. I so need something else for a change...

    ReplyDelete
  10. These both sound delicious! Definitely perfect for the hot days of summer. xo

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have been blending up watermelon and ice and drinking almost everyday. It is so hot, and it just does the trick. Your photos remind me that cucumber water is so refreshing too.

    ReplyDelete

Comments are awesome and so are you. So, please, share what you have to say!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

The Plumed Nest All rights reserved © Blog Milk - Powered by Blogger