strawberry agua fresca

by jenna on April 21, 2011

News Flash: I have a new favorite drink! And it’s not wine, coffee or peanut butter hot chocolate (gasp!)!!

I’m completely and hopefully addicted to this fresh strawberry agua fresca and you will be, too, once you try it! It’s a great alternative to lemonade and iced tea, and is ridiculously refreshing at any hour of the day.

Plus, if your strawberries are as cheap as my strawberries right now (buy one carton and get two free!) you have no excuse not to make this. You only need three ingredients!

All you do to make this is just puree fresh juicy strawberries, strain out the seeds and then mix the puree with ice water, a little sugar and a squeeze of lime.

I love the bright, pretty color most of all!

It would be perfect served in large pitchers at Easter brunch, baby showers or barbecues. In my head right now I’m thinking of a future Mexican-themed outdoor party I’d like to host someday. Drinks would be fruity margaritas and strawberry agua fresca.

If somebody else wants to steal my million dollar idea, that’s fine. Just invite me, ok?

Strawberry Agua Fresca

serves 3

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 lb strawberries, stems removed and sliced in half

2 1/2 cups cold water

3-4 T sugar

juice of two limes

Directions:

Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor. Force puree through a fine mesh strainer (I used a sifter) to get rid of all the seeds. Pour seedless puree into the water and add the lime juice and sugar. Stir well so sugar dissolves. Garnish with additional lime slices and serve.

Time:

10 minutes

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 21, 2011 at 5:02 am

this sounds SO refreshing, and perfect for summer! i can picture myself drinking this on a rooftop patio overlooking the mountains…

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mary (sisters running the kitchen) April 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

wonderful idea! Strawberries + Lime + Sugar = perfect!!!! especially on a beautiful sunny day!

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megan @ blackberries for jam April 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

This looks incredibly delicious and refreshing!

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Molly April 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

Hmmm. I’m thinking this one through as an idea to give to patients….
Thanks for sharing this drink!

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Molly April 21, 2011 at 5:06 am

Minus the sugar of course…!

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Baking 'n' Books April 21, 2011 at 6:44 am

Yeah, I’d imagine that the sweetness of the strawberries is good enough. But maybe a packet of Stevia as an alternative to sugar or a tbsp. of maple syrup?

Buy 1 – get TWO free?!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

Wow Jenna this looks AMAZING – so refreshing.

Side note: I hope I can find buy one get two free strawberries!!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

Oh yummm this sounds so refreshing! I wish it was spring-y enough here to drink big pitchers of this outside on the patio but unfortunately this morning I woke up to find frost on my car!! Oh well, soon enough!! Have a great day Jenna! :)

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cait April 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

yummmm! I LOVE strawberries and this looks amazing and sooo refreshing! :) happy thursday love!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite April 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

I’m loving this drink! Perfect for summer :) Bonus is its alcohol free so its perfect for those (like me) with a bun in the oven.

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 21, 2011 at 5:20 am

That would be a perfect treat on a super hot, humid summer day!

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Chad April 21, 2011 at 5:21 am

Delicious – I used to do this with Kiwi!
I can picture myself having this outside on a nice day.

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Alexis @ There She Goes April 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

Ooh, love agua frescas, this one looks so refreshing!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

Jenna that looks so refreshing and wonderful!

Love the color…..mmmm, sooo beautiful!

“Mexican-themed outdoor party Iā€™d like to host someday. Drinks would be fruity margaritas and strawberry agua fresca.” –I would be first to RSVP to that kinda party :)

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Vanessa April 21, 2011 at 5:40 am

Ohh! I make flavored aqua frescas at work all the time. I need to start making those at home! It looks so refreshing.

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The Teenage Taste April 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

Mmmm…that looks so refreshing! Perfect thing for a hot summer’s day! :-)

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kaila @ healthy helper! April 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

Sounds refreshing and soooo easy! The only downside is that strawberry’s are 6 dollars a pound right now in my store :(

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 21, 2011 at 5:52 am

Strawberries have been so cheap the last few weeks I’ve been loading up. I had so many I had to freeze them before I could get through them all- this would be the perfect thing to do with them!!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

I think this needs a splash of tequila:-)

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Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 21, 2011 at 6:09 am

There needs to be a “like” button for this!

Hey Jenna, don’t forget Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 21, 2011 at 5:55 am

Yum! I want a glass right now!!
My husband makes these “aguas” all the time… strawberry is my favorite but you can do mango, pineapple… any flavor really.. and they are all good!!

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faith @ lovelyascharged April 21, 2011 at 5:58 am

Aaaaaand now I need a daquiri. Thaaaanks. I’ll only forgive ya cause this looks just as good (and much more appropriate for 9 am at the office!)

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Lauren April 21, 2011 at 6:00 am

Two thoughts. Would also be great with sparkling water. I would also be open to adding mint, and while im there, might as well make it a mojito! I will be having a strawberry aqua fresca later!

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Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 21, 2011 at 6:06 am

this looks fantastic for summer. :) thanks!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

Such a simple recipe! Love it!

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Erin April 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

Ooh, this makes me so excited for summer bbq season! So fresh and healthy!

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Urban Wife April 21, 2011 at 6:14 am

Pure genius! Seriously. I can’t believe this didn’t occur to me before! Thanks for thinking of it first and sharing. :)

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

This looks refreshing and delicious! What a clever idea! It’s getting really hot in DC (up to 85 yesterday!) – I just might have to make some of this over the weekend :)

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BeePie Runs April 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

Yum! There is a super-authentic Mexican restaurant that we love to go to that has all different flavors of agua fresca, but I’ve never thought of making my own. Now I will!

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jenna April 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

this does look super refreshing. Does the sugar dissolve well?

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Krystina (Organically Me) April 21, 2011 at 6:21 am

1. I love that you’re using a jam jar for this.
2. If only it weren’t in the low 50s and cloudy here, then that drink may actually be seasonally appropriate!

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 21, 2011 at 6:22 am

I LOVE agua fresca!!

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Danielle April 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

Looks so refreshing!!

Your pictures came out great!!

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Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 21, 2011 at 6:29 am

Ahhhh, absolutely love this!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg April 21, 2011 at 6:31 am

That sounds so refreshing — and I love the taste of strawberry + lime.

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food April 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

That look SO perfect for summer! Or…right now!! :-)

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Elizabeth @ the good life April 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

Oh delish!

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Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition April 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

Yum! This looks so good and it’s so simple! I am a total beverage-diva so I love this kind of stuff!

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Lauren April 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

OHHH this looks so delicious and right up my alley! Perfect for warm weather!

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Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) April 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

Oh yum!! Agua fresca is my favorite as is, throw in some fresh strawberry and it is heaven. I’ll need to be making this…FL heat is already becoming unbearable and this is just the thing to help cool things down.

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Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

wow that does look vibrant and wonderful!

I can’t wait until we actually have some warm weather here in Chicago so I can try the recipe! :)

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Noelle April 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

WOW, looks super delicious! I get all kinds of these drinks when I go back to Mexico. :D

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Kelli H April 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

That looks so refreshing! I love the color of it too – screams backyard party.

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Tricia April 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

I bet that would be really good with rum in it :-)

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Erin April 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

That’s what I was thinking! Though it does look delightful on its own.

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R @ Learning As I Chop April 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

I definitely like the idea of serving this at a shower or bbq.

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

This is the perfect summer drink! I love strawberries in any drink form. :) Thanks for sharing this!

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Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

Ohh, this reminds me of a raspberry lime rickey!!

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Natalia - a side of simple April 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

Juice in a jar is NOT optional :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

I want this right now. It sounds delicious!

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

How refreshing! I’ve never made a drink with strawberries before :)

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greenbean April 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

sparkling water is where it’s at with this!

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laurie April 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

This is perfect timing! I’m recreating our favorite honeymoon dinner for our anniversary, and we had blackberry agua frescas in Costa Rica every night. I was going to serve a smoothie, but now I can dish up the real deal!

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Charlie April 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

This is the perfect drink! I want some. Now.

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

I could guzzle that all day long…Maybe add a shot of rum and a spring of mint?
I saw the hot cross cookie buns (from yesterday or day before) in our local paper yesterday as an AP article…was that you? So cool. What a small (big) world!

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Pamela Rich April 21, 2011 at 8:11 am

This looks amazing! Is it terrible that the first thing I thought about was what kind of alcohol would be perfect to spike it with? ;)

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock April 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

Def. going to try this this summer. Yummy ;)

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Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL April 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

YUM! So perfect for a summer barbeque!

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McKenzie April 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

You absolutely have to try melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon) aqua fresca (try mixing in some cucumber). It will change your life.

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Carly April 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

Great pics!!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a beautiful drink. I pretty much only drink coffee, water.. or wine ;), but this looks too good not to try.

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Ruth April 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

This looks beautiful – I especially like the pic of it in the bon mamon jar. I will have to try it myself!

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl April 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

Yum! I might mix this with a little Riesling and see where it goes! :)

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Meghan @ StruggleMuffins April 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

Brilliant! And so pretty, too :)

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Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

Jenna, as a fellow Santa Rosan, where are you getting your strawberries for so cheap??

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jenna April 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

safeway!

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Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Crazy! I’m going to go pick some up tonight!

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Katherine: Unemployed April 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

but fresca must be said with a roll of the ‘arrr’

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Laura @FoodSnobSTL April 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

Know what would make this even better? Vodka. Just found my new favorite adult drink!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

Love this! It sounds so refreshing, and I can actually drink it right now! All the usual fun drinks are off the list since I’m preggers :)

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Oh this sounds really fresh and delicious!!

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Lauren Z. April 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

WOW Jenna, this looks lovely! Just like many of you other gals, I thought too how great it would be for a fun non-alcoholic drink at a shower or BBQ. I think I am going to add this to my list of dishes to bring to Easter dinner this Sunday. I would also love to try watermelon. Thanks for a great idea Jenna! I can’t wait to try it!

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Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen April 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

I love this drink. It’s a gorgeous springy color too. Now I want to have a BBQ so I have an excuse to make a giant pitcher of it!

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Vanessa @ Project Zen April 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Strawberry agua frescas. What an elegant touch to brunch!

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Barbara | VinoLuciStyle April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

Looks perfect for a summer BBQ…but have to admit I can see sneaking some vodka or maybe even white wine in there somehow. Does that make me bad? :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

This looks so refreshing. Perfect for this freakishly hot weather in Florida!

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Katrina April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love how easy this is. Pretty too :)

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Moni'sMeals April 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

thank you…

Thank You…

THANK YOU! Look forward to this.

:)

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Wine Girl (Kitchen Doesn't Travel) April 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

If I hadn’t recently discovered I was allergic to strawberries I’d be all over this. Looks delicious, though.

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jenna April 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

try it with watermelon or melon! :)

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Rebecca April 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

This looks fabulous! I want some now. You can bet this will be on our Easter menu! I love the idea of adding mint to the mix! mmm…

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Emily @ Savory and Savage April 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I think I will make this on my weekend away – I will give you all the credit, of course :-)

Beautiful photos!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Mmm what a lovely springy beverage!!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles April 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Wow that is so beautiful. I bet it tastes amazing. Last summer I did something similar with watermelon and lime. Omg, yum :) Cant wait for summer!

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Heather C April 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Love the jar, what brand is it??! I am a jar enthusiast. Can’t help it.

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Jennifer (Savor) April 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Jenna – did you get the bowl at Anthro? I have about 30 so far :)

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Ana April 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hi Jenna!

In Mexico we drink aguas frescas everyday and you can make them practically from any fruit. Three refreshing options I recommend you to try: watermelon, jamaica (hibiscus flower) and lemon with chia. Best regards from sunny Mexico :-)

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This looks beautiful!! Great presentation.
Heidi xo

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Ali April 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

That looks like the bomb dot com. Get in my belly.

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Cara April 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This looks delicious! SO refreshing and beautiful!

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lisa ruth April 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

That looks great! My daughters are addicted to ordering “Strawberry waters” at Starbucks, so I think they will like these and we use the same jelly jars are glasses at my house! :)

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Kristin April 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

So refreshing! That would be great with a little rum ;)

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Happy When Not Hungry April 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

My mom and I are throwing my sis a baby shower this Saturday… this drink is perfect! Thanks for sharing. Love how simple, but delicious it is :-)

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Karis' Kitchen April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

What a great idea for a drink. I’m trying to stop drinking soda, and this looks like a fantastic alternative!

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ingrid April 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

nom nom nom. add some vodka or some champagne and it is perfect for a bridal shower ;)

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Jackie April 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

I was watching Top Chef Masters last night (after I had DVR’d it) and I saw one of the contestants put their strawberry puree in a french press to get rid of the seeds. A FRENCH PRESS! So genius…

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Baking Serendipity April 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I just bought more strawberries than I thought I could handle. Think again….I know what I am making for my Friday evening on the patio now :) Love it!

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen April 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I’m up to my ears in strawberries and this looks like a delicious way to get rid of them. Love it!

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Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

That looks so refreshing. Great summer drink

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MC April 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

So simple and easy–I will def. be duplicating this when the weather warms up later this week. Mm strawberries.

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Aggie April 25, 2011 at 5:41 am

I made watermelon agua fresca last summer and fell in love too…now I have to try strawberry!!

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Heather April 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I made this for Easter dinner. I added banana rum and a splash of ginger ale. Fabulous cocktail! :)

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Sabrina June 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

I made this and your gac for my dad’s birthday / Memorial Day BBQ and everyone raved! I have to say my adult version with tequila went faster than the kid-friendly version I made. :)

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jenna June 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

awesome!!

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Anna August 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

This is fabulous! Instead of lime I put about 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and a little less sugar! turned out great!

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Michelle June 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

LOVE THIS ! I made it our mocktail of the week for mom-to-be! if there are any more you have in mind, we would love to have you ! Email babybumpbundle@gmail.com :) We are always looking for refreshing and alcohol free drinks recipes :)

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Brooke Ison May 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

How about using sparkling water and making a simple syrup to make sure that the sugar dissolves? Can’t wait to try your version for my son’s first birthday party!!

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Sarah May 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I am so making this for Mother’s Day. Wait…shouldn’t someone be making it for me?

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