Agua de Pepino ~ Cucumber cooler

>> Saturday, August 22, 2009

agua de pepinoAgua de Pepino ( cucumber water) is a refreshing drink that is popular in Mexico. It is one of the large variety of the popular Aguas Frescas ( fresh or cool waters). Agua frescas are refreshing drinks made from fresh sweet and sour fruits or grains, (like Horchata made from rice,sugar and cinnamon-recipe coming soon.), water is mixed with the fruits as well as a sweetener and sometimes lemon or lime juice. These drinks are very popular in our homes and also sold in restaurants,markets and small street vendors. They are a great alternative to the "sugar water" or American soft drinks , are more nutritious and in my opinion taste so much better than colas -not even a comparison. The variety is quite big with flavors and favorites for everyone. Mine were Cucumber, Jamaica (hibiscus),tamarind, strawberry and watermelon.

english cucumber
I know it sounds kinda weird, even if you love cucumbers. I too was hesitant the first time I had this as a kid, but it quickly became a favorite. Agua de pepino is a great drink to have on a really hot summer day, it makes you feel very refreshed. It is because cucumbers have a high water content which of course keeps you hydrated in the heat. Cucumbers have a mineral called silica that is essential for a healthy complexion and muscles. They are also high in fiber and in vitamin C.

When I've made it it was just by sense and taste using cucumbers,lemon/lime,mint, sugar and water. But for this blog post I referenced my Cocina de la Familia by Marilyn Tausend, book and added a few of my own things.

aguas frescasYour Ingredients: makes 4-6 servings
2 large cucumbers-peeled,seeds removed,and chopped into chunks
3 lemons
6-8 teaspoons of sugar
6 cups of cold water

fresh mint
cucumber slices
ice cubes

1. Prepare the cucumbers,note if you use English cucumbers the seeds are so small they don't really need to be removed and the skin is thinner so you can choose to use it as well. Place the cucumber pieces, lemon juice,sugar and 2 cups of cold water in a blender. Blend until it has begun to foam.
2. In a large pitcher pour the cucumber mixture and add 4 more cups of cold water, mix thoroughly and taste for sugar or lemon, add several sprigs of mint. If serving right away add ice cubes to the glasses, if not you can keep in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
3. If you want to make a nice presentation for guest or your family :),in a plate pour some sugar and take one of your glasses make sure the rim is damp, and place on top of the sugar, move around a bit until the glass rim is covered in the sugar. Then ice if you like and pour the cucumber water, add 1 or 2 mint leaves. Cut a slice of cucumber and lemon, add a small slit and place on the glass.
cucumber cooler
This is also a great to use up all those extra summer cucumbers! Sit back,take a sip and enjoy!

If you are interested in Marilyn Tausend's book you can find it here,
Cocina de la Familia: More Than 200 Authentic Recipes from Mexican-American Home Kitchens , there is also a Spanish version.

This recipe is also featured on Cucumber on Foodista please stop by to see me there.


realfoodmama August 25, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

This looks fabulous! I will have to give it a try...although it is about 50 degrees out and raining atm, so maybe I will give a try in a few days!


Spicie Foodie August 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

Thanks, yes do give it a try and please let me know how you like it. Maybe leave out the ice cubes on cold days and you could still enjoy it :)

I'm going to check your blog to see if you responded to my question about the coconut oil:)


Alisa@Foodista September 4, 2009 at 6:20 AM  

What a creative drink. Looks refreshing.At first glance I thought it was some kind of margarita,and was pleasantly surprised that it was made of cucumber!I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Spicie Foodie September 4, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

Hi Alisa ,
I have come across your site and have been meaning to sign up. That would be great to have your readers stop by, everyone is welcome:) I will add the widget to this post and once I have signed up I will ad a badge to my sidebar.

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