Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with some refreshing Agua Fresca (“fresh water” in Spanish). Aguas Frescas are a group of flavored drinks popular throughout North America. Flavorings include fresh fruits, grains, flowers, tamarind, seeds, or herbs. Today, I am sharing a recipe for Agua de Fresa, Mexican Strawberry Water. Strawberries are macerated in a sugar water mixture, pureed, then strained before mixing with more water.
Lemon wedges would also work well.
I used a large spoon to move the strawberry puree around the sieve. You can also pour the water directly over the strawberry puree to help push the strawberry juice into the bowl. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water)
Adapted from Olivia- All Recipes
2 pounds fresh strawberries
1 cup granulated sugar
8 cups cold water, divided
Hull the strawberries, then cut them in halves or coarsely chop. Place in a large bowl. Toss with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of the water. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Transfer strawberries to blender and puree until smooth. Place a large wire sieve over a large bowl and pour in pureed strawberries. Use a spoon to help push liquid through. Discard remaining seeds.
Stir remaining 7 cups water into the strained strawberries. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cut limes into wedges to serve with Agua de Fresa.