Aguas Frescas Recipe

What else could make the parching sun more bearable than an ice cold drink? Let’s see if aguas frescas can be our new favorite summer drink!

Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMomWhen it comes to science, many of us are hopelessly lost in the maze of sensory treats and momentary pleasures. We, humans are quite good at recognizing imminent threats to our existence and responding to it fairly quickly as long as it doesn’t involve much thinking.

Who decides to have aguas frescas?

In fact, in stress situations where time is short, our thinking and reptile brain is capable of talking to each other, leaving out the doubts and empathy from our decision-making process.

Our reptile brain which is responsible to keep us alive by making us breath, pump blood around our body is also responsible to decide if we should cope with a threat by fighting or rather flying. These decisions are made in a fraction of a second and thanks to thousands of years of honing are pretty accurately capable of collecting all the necessary signs from our environment and making the right decision.

Should we think about having aguas frescas?

While some times ago we used these so called instincts to decide whether we should fight saber tooth tigers or better just to run away, nowadays we use the same feelings to decide which way to pull the wheel when someone steps out from its virtual world in our way.

We also use the same decision-making mechanism when our lonely peaceful coffee machine visit at the office turns into a life or death threat by a sudden appearance of two not yet exes.

Studies show that the longer time we have to decide in such situations, the more possibilities we have to screw things up, given of course that we have the same amount of information on the matter.

Who discovered aguas frescas?

This is where our novel, shiny creative brain comes into the picture. When we have time, we can collect more information and work out a solution for any problem. We can let our imagination run wild, dreaming up alternative solutions then test it and use the best one that suits the situation.

How on Earth could we discover non-exclusive partnerships if it weren’t for our creative neocortex. That is the same part of our brain that figured out how to keep things cooled down in a box so we can have fresh food all year long and cold drinks to cool us down during the hot months.

Do aguas frescas will cool us down?

We haven’t just figured out how to make water cold but also how to make it more calorie rich making our carbs freak brain preferring it over anything else. No wonder soda sales are over the roof but Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.

Although, cold soft drinks and food such as ice cream cool us down, their effect is momentary as the process of digesting them generates much more heat than it reduces. Counter-intuitive as it may appear but drinking hot drinks or eating spicy food -which both induce sweating- is the only effective way to really help our body to cool down without turning the air-con on or floating on our swimming pool.

So, for those days when we don’t have to break a sweat, there are cool and healthy solutions for us.

 So what are aguas frescas?

Aguas frescas is Mexican drink meaning cool water. It’s made by mixing fruit with water and of course sugar. Anything can be aquas frescas that can be processed into water. A popular variety is horchata which is made of rice in Mexico.

Jamaicans make it a bit more differently as they like to use hibiscus to make aguas frescas which is basically iced hibiscus flower tea. While fruit or vegetable aguas frescas need to be pureed and filtered if we don’t want bits floating around, hibiscus flower needs to be boiled and cooled.

Aguas frescas means cool water therefore basically anything could be aguas frescas as long as it made with water and it’s cooled down to celebrate summer be it in a coziness of our air-con or the weightlessness of our pool.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fruit or various fruits
    • Watermelon
    • Strawberry (low carb)
    • Raspberry (low carb)
    • Blackberry (low carb)
    • Peach
    • Kiwi
  • 2 cups Water
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)

How to make Aguas Frescas

  1. Peel and slice up the selected fruit. If it contains large seeds then take the seeds out too! Try to choose seasonal fruits as those always taste better apart from being better for the environment and according to some studies for us too.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Add the fruit into a food processor. It may need a bit of water to start.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Process the fruits.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Some people like it with the pulp others like to filter it out. Use a sieve to remove the bits.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Add water to the juice and our very homemade aguas frescas is ready. Traditional recipes can’t resist to add sugar to it but those who are on a low carb diet or living sugar free for a while probably are more then happy with the natural sweetness of the fruit.Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Fill the Aguas frescas into a jar or bottle and keep it in the fridge until serving. Don’t forget the ice!Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom

Aguas Frescas Recipe

What else could make the parching sun more bearable than an ice cold drink? Let's see if aguas frescas can be our new favorite summer drink!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fruit or various fruits
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry low carb
  • Raspberry low carb
  • Blackberry low carb
  • Peach
  • Kiwi
  • ...
  • 2 cups Water
  • Sweetener to taste optional

Instructions

  • Peel and slice up the selected fruit. If it contains large seeds then take the seeds out too! Try to choose seasonal fruits as those always taste better apart from being better for the environment and according to some studies for us too.
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Add the fruit into a food processor. It may need a bit of water to start.
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Process the fruits.
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Some people like it with the pulp others like to filter it out. Use a sieve to remove the bits.
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Add water to the juice and our very homemade aguas frescas is ready. Traditional recipes can't resist to add sugar to it but those who are on a low carb diet or living sugar free for a while probably are more then happy with the natural sweetness of the fruit.
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Fill the Aguas frescas into a jar or bottle and keep it in the fridge until serving. Don't forget the ice!
    Aguas Frescas Recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

 

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