Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca)

Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca)

With all this heat that has swept the nation, I really think it’s time to talk about the importance of staying hydrated!  This year has been pretty cool for June (temps are in the low 100′s) so I am going through 1.5 gallon of water a day. I know it’s a bit much but drinking water becomes a necessity in this desert heat!

Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca)

If you’re not a fan of drinking water, you can try flavoring your water with fresh fruits and herbs, flavoring extracts are also a perfect alternative to flavor packets. Over the next few weeks I will be talking about how to stay hydrated while enjoying the summer heat.

Strawberry season is here and I may be a bit late with recipes, but I am there when you need me! I had to start the season with a favorite summer drink that quenches the thirst, its healthy, low fat and sugar free.  While I do prefer sugar in agua fresca, the strawberries I bought were sweet enough.  I decided to make this one with a sugar substitute to complement the taste of the strawberries.

Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca)

Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca) Recipe:
2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
4 cups water
1 lime
¾ cup sugar substitute ( I used stevia)
Recipe Directions: In a medium bowl, mix slice strawberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours (overnight is best). Remove the strawberry mixture from the refrigerator and pour into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture through a mesh strainer set over a large mixing bowl; discard the pulp and seeds. Add the remaining 3 cups cold water to the pureed strawberries and mix well. Place the strawberry water in the refrigerator to chill or pour over ice and serve.

Comments

  1. S says

    This looks so refreshing but id you really use 3/4 cups stevia? That would be equal to 6 cups sugar; seems like a lot. Did you use powder or liquid stevia? I’m looking forward to trying this. Strawberries are just getting ripe in my garden and I’ll have lots to use.

    • Shundara@Savynaturalista says

      I took into consideration that the strawberries would suck up some of the sweetener, since I strain the water from the pulp. I honestly used this much stevia in most of my baking, if you find that it’s too much you can cut down on the amount you use. I used powdered stevia; I find it easier to cook with.

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