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Colorful quenchers ... aguas frescas.

Thirst-quenching and colorful, Mexican agua fresca features fruit juice or pulp, combined with a liberal amount of water. A hint of sugar sweetens the drink and stabilizes the flavor so the liquid stays fresh-tasting longer.

You can make this light beverage with prime summer fruits. The high proportion of water makes the drink refreshing rather than filling.

Summer Agua Fresca

Using the chart at left, choose ripe fruit or fruits; kiwi fruit should feel firm (with soft fruit, color tends to fade).

In a blender, smoothly puree measured fruit pulp or juice (a portion at a time, if needed) with appropriate amount of sugar and lime juice. Where recommended amounts of sugar and lime juice are flexible, adjust to taste.

Add flavored fruit mixture to water, then rub through a fine strainer into a large jar or pitcher; discard pulp. If made ahead, cover and chill up to 1 week. As a decorative touch, add slices or chunksof matching fruit just before serving. Pour the agua fresca over ice cubes into tall glasses.

Per 1/2 cup cantaloupe agua fresca : 32 cal.; 0.5 g protein; 7.8g carbo. ; 0.1 g fat; 0 mg chol. ; 5.4 mg sodium.
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