A week ago, I ran a poll on Twitter asking people what I should make with my surplus of strawberries. Everyone voted for strawberry agua fresca. I ended up making a strawberry buttermilk cake.
Flash-forward to this weekend, when I decided to follow through on the voters’ choice and make a strawberry mint rose agua fresca. I’m so happy that I listened to everyone.
This drink is equal parts tart, sweet, tangy, and refreshing. It’s the perfect drink to have made up in the fridge, so all you have to do is get a glass, fill it with a bunch of ice, and fill it up with strawberry mint rose agua fresca. You can enjoy it while reading on the couch, while watching TV, or you can even take it to go. I bet it would be good at your desk in the morning on a Monday when you don’t want to be back at work.
Feel free to get creative with herbs and fruit for this drink. If you’re not a fan of mint, you could sub in tarragon. I’m thinking about doing a blackberry thyme combo this summer. Stay tuned.
Also, you can omit the rose water in this drink but I think it’s a welcome addition. It adds a subtle flavor punch to the water so it doesn’t just taste like berry juice. Orange blossom water would also work well.
Here’s a song to get you started on your strawberry mint rose agua fresca journey.
Strawberry Mint Rose Agua Fresca
1 pound of strawberries, hulled
¼ cup mint leaves, plus sprigs for serving
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp rose water
lime wheels for serving
Purée the strawberries, 1/4 cup mint leaves, lime juice, agave nectar, and rose water with 2 cups of very cold water. Place the mixture in an airtight container and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour.
Fill glasses with ice and pour the agua fresca into each glass. This recipe makes about four glasses of agua fresca. Top with springs of mint and lime wheels. Enjoy!