Hubby and I have been taking a parenting class with a group of our friends in hopes of finding better strategies to keep the peace with our kids when times get challenging (can anyone relate to that?). We rotate houses each week and whoever hosts provides a light dinner to fill everyone’s bellies before we sit down to some pretty intense — but fun — conversation. One of my friends is a total closet gourmand and while she couldn’t be more humble about her culinary talents, just one taste of her food betrays how awesome she is in the kitchen.
As we sat around eating before class started, my hubby turned to me, offered up his drink and said, “Catherine, taste this, it’s delicious!” I took a sip and agreed completely. The drink had a beautiful purple color and was unbelievably refreshing — only I had no idea what it was. I asked my friend and she said it was an agua fresca. It sounded so fancy, but she said it couldn’t be more simple to prepare. All she did was make a simple syrup (sugar and water) with fresh ginger and mix in frozen blackberries. I knew I had to try and replicate it for weelicious.
The next day, I set out to make a much simpler version of agua fresca for a group of kids coming over for a pool party. Kenya was ready as ever to be my taste tester as we took to the blender and whipped up my own version of a blackberry agua fresca. Kenya took one sip and exclaimed “it tastes like pomegranate juice”! Only my kid.
After I let it chill, I offered the kids glasses asking, “would you like to try some blackberry agua fresca?” The kids looked at me totally perplexed until their mothers leaned in to them and said, “it’s juice.” That’s all it took. Within minutes it was all gone, the only evidence being the purple mustaches on everyone’s happy little faces. My husband, however, was less than happy to discover the empty pitcher when he got home from work. I’ll save that for our next parenting class.
Photos by Maren Caruso.
Blackberry Agua Fresca
- 1 1/2 Cups Blackberries, rinsed (or Frozen Blackberries, defrosted)
- 4 Cups water
- 2 Tbsp agave
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Pour the blackberries, water and agave in a blender and puree.
- Pour the blackberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.
- Stir in the lemon juice.
- Refrigerate until cold.
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I made this with fresh blackberries and let it chill overnight. Wow it taste divine!!!! The sad news is I will have to share!!! LOL Thank you!
I just made this for my very picky 3 year old and he exclaimed, “I LOVE this, Mommy!”
Next I am going to try the Horchata version Kristina mentioned above. I am a huge Horchata fan.
this is perfect. my daughter will only eat berries if she picks them from the vine, no other way. but she loves “juice” Going to try this tomorrow. Thanks!
Yes you can! 🙂
Do you think you could substitute honey instead of the Agave? I don’t have any but want to make this right now it sounds so yummy
Oooh great tip, this will be a perfect adult beverage this summer!
You can basically do this with any fruit: melons, berries, citrus, etc…One of the traditional flavors is “horchata” which is made from rice, almonds, cinnamon and lime, I think. We love it in the hot summer time!!! Aqua Fresca (except maybe the aforementioned horchata flavor) also makes a great mixer for a more grown up drink, if anyone is interested.
Agave is a sweetener similar to honey or maple syrup just a bit thinner in consistency. You can find it in health food stores.
The lemon juice just add a nice refreshing flavor to the drink, you can leave it out if you want. It tastes great either way! 🙂
Could this be made without the lemon juice? Though it is only a small amount my daughter is allergic to citrus. Will removing it greatly effect it?
Its sorta like honey, but thinner and sweeter. I believe it comes from a cactus?
What is Agave..?
This sounds delicious and I bet it would make great posicles too!!
Sounds yummy! I would like to try the watermelon!!!
Watermelon is my favorite. Canteloupe is nice too.
I wonder what other flavors would be good for this?