Agua frescas, the ever popular Mexican drinks are one of the easy to make summer coolers on the planet. Mix together your favorite fruit – watermelon, pineapple, berries, mangoes, or even grapes – fresh lime juice and a sweetener. And you’ve made the quickest thirst quencher.
So what am I doing with a summer drink in the middle of winter? Yes, we’re in the middle of winter in Australia. The truth is I made this grape aqua fresco on one of those autumn days when it was very sunny outside. Although I don’t dream about a refreshing drink in the middle of winter, I know it’ll be very useful for many of my friends in the other part of the world who are enjoying warm, sunny days.
If you love this Mexican masterpiece, you should definitely try this version using grapes. It definitely ranks up there with my all-time favorite summer drinks.
Place grapes in the blender. I have used red grapes here.
Blend until smooth.
Now pass it through a sieve to remove all the hard bits, just like we did while making grape lassi.
Place the strained juice back in the blender along with lime juice, chilled water and any sweetener. I used sugar. Give it a quick whizz. Your drink is ready. All you need to do is pour it into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.
- 3 cups seedless red or black grapes, chilled (I used red grapes)
- 1 ½ tablespoon lime juice
- 1 cup ice cold water
- Sweetener of your choice – sugar or honey (I used 1 tsp white sugar)
- Mint leaves, to garnish (optional)
- Ice cubes, to serve (optional)
- Place seedless grapes in a blender, and then blend until smooth. Pass it through a sieve to remove hard bits.
- Place grape juice back in the blender along with lime juice, water, and sweetener. Give it a quick whizz.
- Pour the drink into serving glasses. Garnish with mint leaves. Add ice cubes. Serve chilled.
- You can use your favourite fruit in this recipe
- You can replace chilled water with soda water or sparkling mineral water