“As a result of each wholesome recipe deserves to be scrumptious.” – Motto of The Recipe ReDux
I used to be desirous to contribute to this month’s Recipe ReDux theme of “Summer time Beverage” as this specific summer season, I’ve been engaged on kicking the eating regimen soda behavior (so now it’s extra of a weekly factor vs. a each day factor however nonetheless engaged on it.)
Impressed by the normal Mexican agua frescas or “contemporary waters” which are turning into extra mainstream, my fridge has been overloaded with little Tupperware containers of varied fruit juices.
My assorted juices come from the remnants of a lower watermelon, half of lemon leftover from a recipe or further lime wedges that didn’t make it right into a gin & tonic – all juiced with blender or my helpful dandy picket OXO reamer and saved within the fridge.
A provide of selfmade easy syrup and regular stash of San Pellegrino and I’m prepared to combine up a fizzy fruit mocktail at any time when the temper hits.
A current Twitter chat on basil (#spicechat on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 pm ET if you wish to be part of within the enjoyable!) obtained me enthusiastic about experimenting with herb infused easy syrups. It was as simple as tossing in a handful of basil leaves within the pan with equal components water and sugar then bringing to a boil for a couple of minute. I pureed a brilliant ripe cantaloupe melon and a brand new summer season drink was born.
Take cantaloupe juice and contemporary basil to make an agua fresca – a preferred Mexican beverage
- ½ cup water
- 15 basil leaves, torn
- ½ massive cantaloupe (about 3 ¼ cups cubed)
- 24 ounces seltzer
- Basil leaves for garnish
- In a small pan over medium warmth, add sugar, water and basil. Stir regularly till sugar is dissolved. Convey to a boil, let boil for 1 minute. Take away from warmth and let sit for one hour. Take away basil leaves or run by way of a strainer.
- In a blender, add cantaloupe. Mix till easy. Pour by way of a wonderful mesh strainer. (Yields about 2 cups of strained cantaloupe juice.) For every serving, combine ½ cup cantaloupe juice, ¾ cup seltzer and 4 teaspoons basil easy syrup. Garnish with 1 or 2 basil leaves within the drink.
- *In case you desire no bubbles, change seltzer with plain water as they do in Mexico. For an grownup beverage, change seltzer with Prosecco.