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Agua Fresca de Pepino

Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Serve this refreshing cooler on a hot day-it's perfect with spicy Mexican food. Because we only include a tiny amount of seeded serrano pepper, the beverage doesn't become very spicy but picks up the "green" vegetal flavors of the pepper. Use the remaining serrano pepper in your favorite salsa recipe, or toss it into a lime-based salad dressing with cilantro.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped seeded peeled cucumber (about 2 medium)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 serrano pepper, seeded
  • 3 cups water
  • Ice
  • Lime slices (optional)
  • Cucumber slices (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 54
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 6 mg
  • calcium 11 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add 3 cups water; cover and refrigerate the mixture overnight.

  2. Strain cucumber mixture through a fine sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice; garnish with lime or cucumber slices, if desired.