Food: Michelle’s White Peach & Mint Agua Fresca

Yikes, have we been hit by a heat wave and in this weather agua fresca is the drink I want to sip all day. Neither a soft drink nor a fruit juice, agua frescas, which translates as “fresh waters” in Spanish, is a subtly flavoured refreshing drink that is not too sweet.

Aqua Frescas are sold by street vendors throughout Mexico and their carts are loaded with huge glass barrels of delicious thirst-quenching fruity flavours. My favourite is watermelon or strawberry, but right now we’re using white peaches from a nearby orchard.

Use whatever fruit you can get your hands on and adjust the sweetness to your taste and ripeness of the fruit.  Just remember it’s around 1 part fruit to 2 parts water.  You can also vary the recipe by adding mineral water or even vodka or tequila if you want a grown up version.

Michelle’s White Peach & Mint Agua Fresca
6 or 7 very ripe white peaches, quartered, stone removed
4 cups very cold water
2 teaspoons agave nectar or 2 tbsp. cane sugar, or more to taste
Juice of one lime
Handful of mint leaves
Lots of ice

Add the fruit and 2-3 cups of the water to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve into a large jug.
Add the rest of water, agave, lime juice and mint leaves.
Stir well and add ice and more water and sweetener if needed.
Serve chilled – it’s nicer if you let it sit for a few hours in the fridge to get really cold.