July 16, 2012
Aguas Frescas de Piña Colada
We recently came home from a week away to find our air conditioner broken. Kind of frustrating. I am trying to remind myself that for most of our lives together - up until the past three years, in fact - we lived in places that didn't have air-conditioning at all, and we survived just fine, even during the summer.
Things should be repaired soon, and in the meantime, I decided to take the heat as an opportunity to enjoy some aguas frescas.
Aguas frescas (translated literally, it's "fresh waters") are Latin American drinks that are non-carbonated, non-alcoholic and served cold, often ladled into cups from a big glass jar. My favorite is piña colada, but it's typically not the easiest to find (Flavors like horchata and jamaica are far more readily available at taquerías and markets). Fortunately, I have a really easy make-at-home version that does the trick.
You'll need: A 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks in juice; a can of coconut milk (13 to 15 ounces, whatever your grocery store sells in that range); 2 cups water; and 2 tablespoons sugar
Step 1: In a blender, combine pineapple chunks (including juice), coconut milk and water. Blend until the pineapple pieces are very fine
Step 2: Stir in sugar
Step 3: Pour over ice
Told you it was easy.
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