Fresh Fruit Mocktails of Summer

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When you’re pregnant in Texas in the Summer time, you’ve got to get creative to endure enjoy these scorching months. A cool, refreshing drink can totally hit the spot.

The best mocktails our pregnant clients in East Texas are enjoying this summer are ultra delicious versions of a Latin favorite: Agua Fresca! Agua Fresca is extremely easy and simple to make: creative combinations of fresh fruit, herbs, sweetener and a blender are all that’s needed.

We’re big fans of the “use-what-you-got” ideology in the kitchen, so don’t be scared to experiment! You can use an immersion blender instead of a regular blender, substitute various fruits or herbs, or try different sweeteners like maple syrup or local honey.

And if you’re no longer pregnant, or just looking for a great adult summer beverage, grab the Grey Goose and give these recipes a little pick-me-up! Add 1.5 oz of vodka, gin, or rum to a 16 glass of ice, top with the mocktail recipe of your choice and stir.

Here in Tyler and Longview, we particularly love using great finds from the local farmers markets. Enjoy the best recipes we’ve made using fresh market produce this summer.

 

Cantaloupe Cucumber Agua Fresca Mocktail

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  • 5 cups cantaloupe (about 1 medium cantaloupe), cut into chunks
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, more according to taste
  • ice for serving
  • Cucumber or lime slices for garnish

Puree cantaloupe and cucumber until smooth.  Pour through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to separate the pulp.  You should end up with about 3 cups strained juice.  Discard pulp, or freeze into ice cubes.

Pour liquid into a large pitcher.  Add water and stir to combine.  Sweeten according to taste.   Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve with cantaloupe chunks, plenty of ice, and a garnish of lime or cucumber.

 

Honey Peach Mint Mocktail

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  • 6 cups peach slices, peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp honey, more according to taste
  • ice, for serving
  • mint leaves for garnish

Puree peaches and mint until smooth.  Pour through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to separate the pulp.  You should end up with about 3 cups strained juice.  Discard pulp, or freeze into ice cubes for your drink.

Pour liquid into a large pitcher.  Add water and stir to combine.  Sweeten according to taste.   Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve with plenty of ice and a sprig of mint.

 

Basil Melon Agua Fresca Mocktail

Watermelon-basil

  • 5 cups watermelon pieces (roughly 1 medium seedless watermelon. Honeydew would be great too!)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 handful of fresh Basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, more according to taste
  • ice, for serving
  • mint leaves of lime slices, for garnish

Puree melon and basil until smooth.  Pour through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to separate the pulp.  You should end up with about 3 cups strained juice.  Discard pulp, or freeze into ice cubes for your drink.

Pour liquid into a large pitcher.  Add water and stir to combine.  Sweeten according to taste.   Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve with plenty of ice and a sprig of basil.

 

Do you have creative ideas for more fresh Aguas Frescas? Share in the comments!

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