Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and whether or not you have Mexican roots, if you are in the U.S. you most likely feel the festivities in the air. Cinco de Mayo, or ‘Fifth of May’, commemorates a battle win for Mexico over the French in 1862. The French outnumbered the less well-equipped Mexican army by double however were defeated in this significant battle. No other country in the Americas was every invaded again by a European army, making it even more to celebrate.
The original American Cinco de Mayo celebrations started with Mexican-American citizens in the American west and grew in popularity in larger cities as a Mexican heritage celebration. It grew gradually in popularity, taking off like wildfire in the 1980’s when marketing firms for products such as beer realized possible gain and began to promote it. Most major cities in the U.S. hold Cinco de Mayo celebrations today.
Certainly Cinco de Mayo offers the opportunity to enjoy traditional food and drink to join in the celebration. Whether it be at home or at a favorite Mexican restaurant, it’s a fun day to relish delicious Mexican fare. If I were to ask what drink is most popular you’d most likely guess a Margarita; which may very well be right. However for those choosing not to imbibe for whatever reason, there is another option: Agua Fresca.
Simply put Agua Frescas are ‘fresh waters’ made of fruits, flowers, or seeds mixed with water, a bit of sweetener to make a lightly-flavored non-alcoholic drink that is very refreshing. I shared a delicious Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca last Cinco de Mayo that I love. Made with Champagne or Ataulfo Mangos it has a tropical taste and gorgeous orange color.
I wanted to share another favorite blend with you this year: Blackberry-Mint Agua Fresca. Made with fresh berries and mint, the natural flavors are completely thirst-quenching in a gorgeous shade of ruby. It is not overly sweet, allowing the natural flavors to shine, as well as remains refreshing being mostly water. It can be blended up in 10 minutes allowing a perfect last minute tribute for a ‘cheers’ on Cinco de Mayo….or any day!
Agua Fresca is a refreshing fruit water that quenches the thirst with a beautiful flavor of berries and mint in this version. Able to be made in about 10 minutes, it's a simple way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any day without much effort or time.
- 4 cups filtered water
- 2 cups fresh Blackberries
- Juice of one Lime
- ¼ cup fresh Mint Leaves
- 2-3 tablespoons Agave Nectar
- Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until fully liquefied. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove berry seeds and any mint leaves. Serve over ice.