Aguas Frescas with a Twist!

Spring is here and temperatures are raising rapidly! in Mexico we drink “aguas frescas” to cool off and hydrate, basic aguas frescas are made simply by blending fruit, water and sugar; The most common ones are citrus based: lime, orange, tamarind and hibiscus flower. There’s also a wide variety of aguas frescas made with seeds or cereals such as horchata (rice) or agua de cebada (barley).

In most cities of Mexico and South America you can find refreshing non-alcoholic beverage at street stands, in markets or ice cream shops like La Michoacana, the picture below was taken at the market in Cotija, Michocán.

Aguas Frescas at the market, from right to left: horchata, hibiscus flower, orange and lime.

For this series I’m  going to share four recipes of aguas frescas, I’ll will give a twist to some very popular flavors, because when it comes to taste and creativity the sky is the limit!

Today I’m sharing the recipe of my favorite one: Lemonade with chia seeds and basil.

Chia seeds provide this drink with nutrients like Omega 3, calcium, proteins and fiber, which will give you lots of energy, no wonder why the Mayan considered chia seeds a super food!

Agua Fresca de limón y chía con albahaca

Ingredients:

  • 10 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbs. Chia seeds 
  • 1/2 cup basil 
  • 4 tbs. sugar 
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar 

Chia Seeds, basil and lime.

Preparation:

  1. Steep the chia seeds in half cup of water for 30 minutes.
  2. Wash the lemons and limes, cut a few wedges an reserve to use as garnish.
  3. Squeeze the limes and lemons and blend the juice with the chia seeds and some basil leaves.
  4. Strain into a pitcher, add the water and sugar, stir.
  5. Add extra basil for garnish.

Agua de chía con limon y albahaca

Serve in low ball glasses with ice and garnish the rim with brown sugar and lime wedges, enjoy!

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