sparkling strawberry lime agua fresca

agua frescaThis year I have zero fun summer plans until the very last week of August. It’s the first year of my entire life that the definition of the word “summer” will not be “that time of year in which one spends 90% of their waking hours in the swimming pool”.

No, instead I’m going to be spending 90% of my waking hours studying (well let’s be honest, not quite 90%… studying just doesn’t have the same grip on me as swimming does).

To cope with this thing called adulthood (the period of one’s life in which they are not able to swim all summer long) and remind myself that it’s summer outside despite the fact that I’m inside studying human behavior and mental processes, I plan on making this agua fresca frequently.

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Drinks like this are my absolute favorite during the hot summer months. I’m into anything that’s refreshingly acidic, sweet, or fruity. This particular drink falls into all categories at once! The lime juice is only slightly acidic and not at all abrasive. The strawberries give the drink a faint sweetness, and the sparkling water is just fun.

You can enjoy this beverage whether your summer consists of lots of barbecues or lots of school. For your sake, I hope it’s the former.

Happy Summer!

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Recipe adapted from Katie at the Kitchen Door

14 ounces fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1/3 cup lime juice, from about 2-3 limes
1/4 cup sugar, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
25.3 ounce sparkling water (like a bottle of San Pellegrino)
Lime slices for garnish

Purée the strawberries in a blender with the lime juice and sugar dissolved in water. Blend until it’s as smooth as possible- at least a full minute. Pour the juice through a fine strainer and discard seeds. Press the pulp with a spatula to make sure you get all of the juice.

Pour the juice back into the blender along with the bottle of sparkling water and pulse to combine. Pour into a pitcher and chill until cold. Serve over ice and lay a slice of lime over each individual glass.

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