In Mexico, aguas frescas (fresh waters) or aguas de sabor (waters of flavor) are extremely common and popular. They can be made by pureeing almost any fruit or vegetable, adding water, and then combining it with a little sugar to taste. They are very refreshing and the possibilities are seemingly endless.
I made this agua de sabor the other day. It provides a little twist on the classic agua de limón or limeade. The mystery ingredient in this agua is celery. Who would have ever thought? I remember trying this drink several times when I was in Mexico, each time expecting that I would greatly dislike it. Celery in a drink? Really?! But, surprisingly it hits the spot. The flavors are bright, fresh, and springy. It is definitely one to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
If you want to give it a try, start out with only one stalk of celery and see what you think. You might find that this agua de sabor really grows on you.
Agua de Limón con Apio
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Limeade with Celery (Makes 8 cups)
1-2 stalks fresh celery, cut into 3” pieces
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6-7 limes)
2 quarts (8 cups) cold water
¾ cup sugar
→In a blender, combine 1 quart (4 cups) of water with the celery. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely liquid.
→Strain through a fine mesh colander into a pitcher to remove any fiber. Add the fresh squeezed lime juice, remaining water, and sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
→Chill in refrigerator and serve over ice.
- You will definitely be able to taste the celery if you use two stalks. If you use only one stalk of celery, the taste will be mellower.
Recipe Source: Adapted from MelissaGuerra.com.