The most appropriate word to describe my *happy* discovery of three summery beverages this weekend? Serendipity.
- A sublime Watermelon Sangria enjoyed with friends during an impromptu visit to Dos Perros Friday evening
- The perfect “pick me up” at The Saturday Market was the lightly sweetened, carbonated Organic Masala Chai tea from Muddy Dog Roasting
- Sunday evening’s Father’s Day celebration capped with a Cucumber Aguas Frescas Martini
I happened upon the Cucumber Aguas Frescas recipe, while thumbing through “Put ’em up!”, a cookbook with ideas for preserving foods through drying, freezing, and canning, that I picked up last year. I was looking for something “different” to make with cabbage, when the image of a tall pitcher, filled with a most appealing shade of a pale lime green liquid, caught my eye. There are only four ingredients needed for the recipe in the book: cucumbers, water, sugar, lime juice. The process is equally simple – a quick blend, strain, mix, then drink!
If you don’t have the book already, I found a similar recipe on this blog. To make the “martini” just mix three parts Cucumber Aguas Frescas with one part vodka, and serve over ice, and garnish with a cucumber ribbon, if you like.
“Put ’em up!” suggested freezing the aguas frescas in eight-ounce portions, a delightful idea. Can you imagine enjoying this summer time beverage later in the year, during the cool Autumn chill, once the bounty of summer’s fresh cucumbers have long since passed? I can.