Aguas Frescas from Luscious Ripe Fruits

Aguas frescas are an excellent way to use slightly over-ripe fruit.

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Aprium Agua Fresca
Note: Apriums are an apricot-plum hybrid.

2 cups apriums, peeled with stones removed
4 cups water
Juice of 1 small lime
sugar to taste
Whole mint leaves for garnish

1. Add apriums, lime juice and water to a food processor or blender, puree until smooth. Add more water if the mixture is too thick and sugar to taste.

Mint Tea Sharbat
Notes: Sharbats often start with a simple syrup base of sugar dissolved in hot water and stirred until syrupy in consistency.

Matcha green tea powder
Mint leaves, crushed
Granulated sugar
A pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
Hot water

1. Prepare matcha tea according to package instructions, add more or less matcha to taste. Add cardamon at this point, if desired.

2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar per serving in an equal amount of hot water. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has a syrupy consistency.

3. Stir in crushed mint, add simple syrup to taste. Chill in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, add ice cubes before service. Garnish with whole mint leaves if desired.

 

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