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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vanilla Nectarine Agua Fresca Recipe

It's hot in Phoenix right now.  I'm talking hot hot.  Feels like an oven hot.  It was 120 degrees yesterday for goodness sakes!

So this is just the right time of year to try an Agua Fresca.  I've had agua fresca's in Brasil before, and although they used much more exotic fruits the formula is similar.  It's basically a chilled fruit puree/juice.  No juicer needed.

Add some sugar, a little vanilla and maybe a little wine and you're set for a nice refreshing afternoon drink.  I've tried it with nectarines but am thinking about branching out to other familiar fruits if this weather continues.  Sigh.  I have to remember that we chose to live in this hot-hot land and dream of cooler (but equally bright and lovely) winter days to come.

Vanilla Nectarine Agua Fresca 
3 nectarines, rinsed and sliced (about 3 cups) 
2 cups cold water 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 tablespoon sugar 
Ice (optional) 

1. Combine the nectarines and 1 cup of water in a vitamix or blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. 
2. Strain and return the juice to the blender. Add the vanilla extract, sugar, and remaining water, and blend. Serve chilled or over ice.

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