cherry agua fresca

Cherry Lime Agua Fresca

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.

cherry agua fresca

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.

cherry agua fresca

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.

cherry agua fresca

Cheers to a cool beverage and a new way to using those extra cherries you may have.

cherry agua fresca

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.

Directions:

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.

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Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

It is rare for me to go to the grocery store and be happy to find unripened avocados. I usually pitch an internal temper tantrum on nights when I’m picking up ingredients for dinner on my way home from work; there go my plans for avocados with my chicken / fried eggs / spiralized vegetable noodles / other hip Millennial dinner offerings.

That being said, an unripened avocado is your best friend when it comes to making this smoothie all it can be. We are all used to that tangy buttery flavor an avocado can have when we slice it on top of our salads, or when we make a big bowl of guacamole. However, the first time I made this smoothie a year ago, I was shocked at the subtly sweet flavor profile it carried, complete a slight melon note to it.

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

This smoothie is so thick, you’ll forget that it’s vegan and dairy-free! Full-fat canned coconut milk is a godsend when it comes to making creamy smoothies.

Be prepared for a unique flavor, in my opinion. It’s buttery, almost a little tangy, with a critic kick. The first sip may throw you off, but keep on drinking! You’ll be happy you finished it.

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie

Coconut Avocado Lime Smoothie
(Serves Two)

Ingredients:

– 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk, shaken
– 1/2 to one whole avocado, unripened (See note in Before We Get Started…)
– Zest and juice of one lime
– 1 – 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice
– 4 ice cubes
– Coconut flakes, for garnish (optional)

Before We Get Started…

– I’ve made this recipe with 1/2 an avocado and a whole avocado. The whole avocado yields a thicker smoothie, while half still gives it a bulk. If a super creamy smoothie is not up your alley, reduce the amount of avocado to 1/2 and increase the amount of ice cubes until a desired consistency is achieved.

Directions:

1.) Add coconut milk, avocado, lime juice, lime zest, sweetener, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately, topping with coconut flakes, if desired.