Dana Slatkin

Pineapple-Lime-Mint Agua Fresca

Pineapple Agua Fresca

It’s hard to admit that summer is almost over. The back-to-school catalogs are clogging my mailbox, my appointment book is crammed with check-ups and haircuts, and my kids are desperately trying to finish their summer reading. Even though there are plenty of sunny days ahead, I can’t help wishing summer would last forever.

How do you maintain that carefree spirit even when we are all back to the grind? I say, bring on the fruit.

Agua Fresca is a classic Mexican drink, made with equal parts fresh fruit and water. For this recipe, blend the juiciest pineapple you can find (frozen defrosted fruit will work, too) with lime or lemon, filtered or bubbly water, and just enough sugar to make it all sing. Spiked with mint and perhaps a splash of your favorite alcohol (vodka, tequila, rum, etc.), it is intensely fruity and absolutely refreshing.

Try this recipe using watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, or papaya…and remember to drink in sweet summer as long as you can.

For another thirst-quencher, try my Pomegranate-Mint Mojitos.

What cools you down on a hot summer day? Tell us here and you’ll have a good chance of winning the August cooking contest!

Photo credit: thekitchn.com

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  1. Elissa Smith says:

    BIG Hit at the College graduation party I recently hosted. Ended up having to make two more pitchers than I had anticipated…it was THAT good!! It’s best when you make it ahead of time to completely chill it…even though it is poured over ice. Will try liquor in it next time :)

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