Day 31 : Pineapple Agua Fresca

It wasn’t my intention to make two drink recipes so close together, and especially not two green ones, but I forgot to make a part of my planned recipe ahead of time and so needed to come up with something else quickly.  This drink is one I found a few years ago in a Smoothies & Summer Drinks booklet, and quickly fell in love with.  I have since then served it to many friends and family who all agree that this one is a winner!

It’s definitely a simple drink to make, yet has such a great flavor and beautiful appearance that your guests might think it was more work than it really was.  You can use fresh pineapple for this, and that is recommended, but honestly I most often use canned pineapple for convenience.  To get 3 cups I find that a 20oz can + an 8oz can do the trick, and I just get the chunk or tidbits to save even more time.  I would definitely suggest getting fresh mint (not dried) and fresh limes for this though so you can really get that FRESH flavor.  If you are feeling ambitious you can mix a couple drops of food coloring into about 1/4 cup of sugar, stirring carefully until well mixed, to get colored sugar for your rims and that really makes the drink look amazing.  You could also garnish with a bit of lime peel, or a slice and some mint sprigs if you have leftovers which I did not tonight.  Add in a little rum if you want an adult only drink!

 

Pineapple Agua Fresca

Serves : 2-4           Time to make : 10 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 3 Cups Pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 2 T. mint, minced
  • 1/4 Cup lime juice
  • 1/2 Cup sugar (I actually only use 1/4 cup and find that to be enough)
  • 2 Cups club soda, chilled
  • ice
  • mint and lime for garnish

Directions :

  1. Place Pineapple, mint, lime juice, and sugar together in a blender and mix on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into pitcher, then carefully pour in the club soda so as not to create too much foam.  Stir gently.
  3. Using either lime juice or maybe some of the pineapple juice left over from the can, wet the rim of your glasses and dip into sugar to coat the rim.
  4. Put some ice into each glass and pour in the drink.
  5. Garnish with lime and mint if desire.

 

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