Year round it’s hot in Latin America and what better way to quench your thirst than with these (literally translated) fresh water drinks. In Ontario, we too are blessed with hot sunny summer weather, so instead of using the tropical fruits typically used in these drinks, we’ve created our own thirst quencher using homegrown strawberries. Garnish with a strawberry.
- 4 cups (1 L) Ontario Strawberries
- 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) cold water (approx.)
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice (approx.)
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar (approx.)
Place strawberries in food processor and purée well along with 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water.
Stir in 2 tbsp (25 mL) lime juice and 1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar. Add a bit more water if mixture is too thick (it should be thin, not thick like a smoothie). Taste and add additional lime juice or sugar if needed. Refrigerate and serve very cold.
Tips: When other fruit come into season change it up and use 4 cups (1 L) cubed Ontario Muskmelon (press through sieve), Watermelon or Raspberries.
Cucumber is interesting too; peel cucumber before puréeing and add a little mint for a nice addition. Water, sugar and lime juice can be adjusted to your personal taste.
1 Serving (1/2 cup/125 mL):
- CARBOHYDRATE: 8 grams
- CALORIES: 34