Cucumber agua fresca

 This ‘fresh water’ drink, created to quench your thirst in the hot Mexican sunshine and rehydrate the body, is served at many cantina tables in Mexico. Made from water, cucumber and sugar, it’s intensely refreshing.



Makes 3 glasses


4 English cucumbers or, better still, 8 short, fat Lebanese ones, which have much more flavour
½ Serrano chilli or other green chilli, finely chopped
Juice of 5 limes
4 tablespoons agave (sugar) syrup
1 litre water
Handful of mint leaves, plus extra to garnish pinch of salt



Whiz all the ingredients in a blender, then strain through a fine sieve lined with muslin. Pour into 3 tumblers and serve with plenty of ice and sprigs of mint.




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