Sunday, May 23, 2010

Strawberry vanilla agua fresca (with honey) and booing hot weather

This is me booing the hot weather. I'm not a fan of the heat and humidity that the Georgia summer brings. Especially with the A/C in our car broken. Yuck! (One good thing about summers here, it storms at least once a week! Sometimes more.. and i'm always down for a loud, rainy storm)

But the heat means swimming! And we've been getting to do a lot of it. My favorite time to swim is at night.. its peaceful and so relaxing. My husband has been running with me (even though he hates it. points for him!!) and nothing is better than jumping in the pool and be weightless after a LONG run.

The heat also means drinking more water! I like changing things up with agua fresca. It's easy to do and a nice change from a normal glass of ice water. And the strawberries are so good right now, I can't stop putting them in everything. (which you'll be seeing soon)

Strawberry vanilla agua fresca with honey
makes 1 pitcher

1 pound strawberries, hulled
4 cups ice-cold water, divided
scant 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey (or sugar, if you prefer)
Ice, for serving

In a blender/food processor, combine the strawberries with 2 cups of the water and the vanilla extract. Puree until completely liquid. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or through cheesecloth into a pitcher.

2. Stir in the remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice and honey. Taste and adjust honey to your preference

Speaking of strawberries, my hair was quite literally strawberry "blonde" last weekend. I'm in the process of going back to blonde and red is SO hard to get out. I've bleached it three times so far and my hair is not happy. Thank goodness for reconstructing treatments! I hope to only have to bleach one or two more times to be to the color I want. For now I'm just embracing this weird/awful color.


  1. Luckily I don't live in the South, but we have our fair share of humidity and heat, and I am not a fan. Mostly because I sweat like a man.

    This looks incredibly refreshing and delicious!

  2. I so love this recipe and I can't wait to try it out! Embrace your inner Strawberry Blonde, I think you could be any hair color and still look beautiful!

    xoxo, Jessie

  3. That looks really good...and oh lucky me! I just remembered I got me some strawberries the other day! Weee!!

  4. Lol, at the hair! I had the same problem! I dyed it dark red and going to blonde it screamed at me! ... using a color with grey/purple in it really helped counteract the red, I'm almost normal now :)
    Anyway, these drinks look great!
    Enjoy the storms : ) Not jealous of the hot weather...

  5. This gorgeous drink sounds so refreshing... perfect for the hot summer days ahead!

  6. Delicious! Love the idea of using honey as a sweetener. What a beautiful color too.

  7. The drink looks amazing. I'm bookmarking this recipe.

  8. The drink looks very refreshing! And your hair is not that bad, I quite like that strawberry blond!

  9. Sounds yummy! Found you through Simply Stacie's Saturday Stumble post...

  10. just found your blog! This sounds divine I must try it!

    You have a new follower!


  11. I really want to try making that!
    Adding your blog to my favorites :]

  12. that hair color is so beautiful! i want that color but my hair is about ready to fall off my head if i lighten or color it one more time. i really enjoy reading your blog too. pretty pictures, yay! take care & love!

  13. I made this yesterday for myself and the kids, and we loved it. We drank the leftovers today and we all agreed that it tastes even better the next day.... (p.s. I finally have my natural hair back after 10 plus years of dying.... growing it out was NOT fun.)

  14. I must make this drink immediately! ps your hair is amazing. I'm seriously diggin it.

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