Agua Fresca de Zucchini-Cucumber
Agua fresca are typically flavored by a combination of fruits, grains, floral edibles or seeds, then sweetened and mixed with water to create a simple and refreshing beverage. This version won an agua fresca contest in Jalisco.
1 cup sugar
1 gallon distilled water
1 medium zucchini
1 medium cucumber, peeled
Juice of 2 limes
1. Simmer one cup sugar and one cup water until sugar dissolves. Take off heat and set aside.
2. Blend zucchini and cucumber in a food processor or blender with two cups water until thoroughly pureed.
2. Pour zucchini-cucumber mixture into a pitcher and add remaining water, lime juice and simple syrup to taste.
3. Serve over ice.
Makes one gallon
Recipe by Meliton Martinez and Maria Ordóñez, Bekal
Photo by Carole Topalian