Because I think I’ve discovered my new obsession (other than this pizza swimsuit). Agua fresca made with roasted fruit!
And, in particular, a roasted strawberry rhubarb agua fresca swirled with lime zest and vanilla bean. AKA heaven in a glass!
I’ve slowly been cutting alcohol out of my regular life routine. For one simple reason: I feel better without it. I’m bored of hang-overs. I notice my weight and energy are more stable. I don’t get pointless cravings. And I’m a complete light-weight anyway. Seriously, I’m a one-and-done kind of lady.
But I also really like sipping something special at the end of the day. It’s curiously relaxing to have any sort of special drink to signal work is over, time to play! Cue: agua fresca time!
In this strawberry rhubarb agua fresca I roasted the fruit bare then blended it up with vanilla bean, lime zest and maple syrup. Oh, and a little bit of balsamic. I know, it sounds weeeeeeeird. But trust me it really punches up the strawb flavor!
I’ve been making big jars of the juice in double batches — sans sparkling water — to have on hand for drinks at the end of the day. It’s been putting gigantic smiles on Logan’s face which makes it totally worth actually roasting the fruit instead of just blending it up like a lazy pants.
To serve I like to load up my glasses with crushed ice and fresh sliced fruit. Top with sparkling water. Then pop a pretty straw in there.
Side note, paper straws SUCK. I use them as photo props because they’re pretty. But don’t drink out of them unless you like the taste of paper pulp. YUM.
Use whole frozen strawberries instead of ice to keep it cool and extra fruity!
Freeze ice cubes full of violets and pansies and more fruit for a fancy presentation!
Sweeten with a couple drops of liquid stevia instead of maple syrup for a sugar-free version!
Add a dash of cardamom for a totally Scandanavian Mexican love-child situation!
If you can’t find rhubarb, sub out rhubarb for fresh raspberry and add 2-4 tablespoons lime juice to get that tangy zing.
This post is part of a Cinco de Mayo round-up! Check out all of the amazing recipe posts below. And keep scrolling down for the Strawberry Rhubarb Agua Fresca Recipe!
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