Beating the heat through agua fresca

29 Jun

It’s 108 degrees in Nashville. Everyone is either on the verge of fainting or shriveling up and crying the few tears their dehydrated bodies will allow. So how better to celebrate the intense June heat than staying in the air-conditioned house to make a refeshing and fruity Mexican drink?

I think Mexicans, who live in the “Land of the Burning Sun,” should know how best to beat the heat. This traditional Mexican drink, called agua fresca, literally translates to fresh water. So naturally, it must be the second best thing to drink besides water! It’s ridiculously simple and tasty. Just slice, blend and drink! Well, and if you’re a pansy, you’ll want to strain it so as not to drink the pulp of whatever fruit you’re using.

My manly and pulpy strawberry-lime agua fresca

During the spring and summer months, you can find agua fresca at street stands all over Mexico. They use whatever fruit is cheap or in season. I have to admit that grabbing a glass of agua fresca sounds so much healthier and more invigorating than my usual smoothie or  ice cream!

Although at the moment, Antartica sounds more welcoming than Mexico, I’ve always wanted to venture south of the border. It’s really a shame that I haven’t been yet, seeing as it’s closer to Tennessee than any other country in the world! Or, well…Canada…? Anyways. I want to go.

For now, though, I’ll sip my agua fresca and watch the heat waves radiate from the pavement outside. And dream of visiting Mexico in the wintertime!

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2 Responses to “Beating the heat through agua fresca”

  1. Cara June 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    I’m a pansy.

  2. Gwyn Bergthold June 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I am so glad you manned-up & made us the pulpy one – so yummy & refreshing!

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