I was at a restaurant in Mexico the other day, and the waiter told me that they were making Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca in the kitchen. It wasn’t on the menu and “exclusive for a short time.” Translation: “until they run out.” These are the advantages of being fully bilingual: being able to order stuff on the restaurant’s hidden menu.
The weird thing about traveling back and forth to Mexico is existing in two countries, two completely different cultures. Even for Mexican-Americans who don’t visit the motherland often, they experience a cultural change. For me, though, I love being able to move so easily in both countries. Some people ask me: Is it safe? … You guys, Downtown San Diego scares me more than Mexico. Have you seen that homeless lady singing and dancing in the middle of the street as cars and buses try to dodge her? I don’t know whether to clap or cross to the other side of the street!
This Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is a popular beverage. I know it sounds strange. You want me to drink a Cucumber? YES! Cucumber is a fruit. Light, refreshing, and perfect for the warm weather months. In Mexico, you see señores riding in bikes with large containers of Agua Frescas. You can also find them at ice cream and popsicle shops. They are everywhere because there is no waste. You gotta do something with overly ripe fruit. It’s a genius invention!
Even my gringo husband is starting to learn Spanish, and not just the bad words either. 😉 … He loves this Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca. The two go together so well. Every now and then, after our Little Red has gone to bed, we add some adult liquid. It makes a delicious beverage for those 21 years and over!
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 6 cups of water
- ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 5-6 limes)
- ⅔ cup sugar
- In a blender add cucumbers, lime juice, sugar, and 3 cups of water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the liquid into a pitcher.
- Press down with the back of spoon to extract all of the juice.
- Discard the pulp
- Add the remaining water.
- Taste for good measure.
- Serve chilled over ice.
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