I’m such a sucker for agua fresca. Whenever I see it at a restaurant the summer, I’m all about ordering it. In my head, I think I think that it is healthier for me…I think. (Ha!) I mean, it is just pureed fruit and water. I could go for another glass of rosé instead – technically grape juice, right? – I just may regret it later.
When it comes to making my own agua fresca, I usually go the watermelon route because it is so damn easy to make, as you can see here, but I wanted to switch things up this time. I LOVE cherries, and I feel that I never take proper advantage of good batches of them during the summer. “Go buy some cherries, Allison!”, I exclaim to myself each time I walk past Westside Market, and then…it’s October and I’m cursing myself for not buying cherries sooner. Ha! Well, I got some for $2.49 a pound yesterday, and they are beyond luscious.
This agua fresca recipe benefits from the natural sweetness of the cherries, so little added sweetener needs to be swirled in. The lime balances out both the sugar from the cherries and the added honey, giving it a satisfying sour note.
Cheers to a cool beverage and a new way to using those extra cherries you may have.
Cherry Lime Agua Fresca
(Makes 4 cups)
– 2 cups cherries, pitted
– 4 cups cold water, separated into 1 cup and 3 cups
– 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
– Juice of 1/2 lime
Before We Get Started…
– Swap out honey for another sweetener to keep recipe vegan-friendly.
1.) In a blender, add cherries, one cup of cold water, honey or sweetener, and lime juice. Blend until pureed, approximately one minute.
2.) Place a fine sieve, cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Pour cherry puree into your straining apparatus, being sure to press or squeeze as much of the liquid out as possible. Discard leftover puree solids or save for compost.
3.) Transfer cherry liquid to container; container must be able to hold at least 4 cups (32 ounces) of liquid. Add remaining three cups of cold water to container and shake gently to combine. Taste and add more sweetener, if desired. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for at least one hour. Serve over ice, if preferred.