I used to buy a lot of magazines. But now with so much content online, I have to admit that I rarely buy the printed versions unless I am traveling. Recently, I picked up a copy of Domino magazine and inside was a feature written by New York City based chef and Domino contributor, Camille Becerra who is a visiting chef at the newly opened Casa Puebla Tulum. The feature includes her impressions from her time spent in this coastal region of Mexico and recipes she developed while living there.
One recipe in particular caught my eye. It was for Pineapple, Spinach and Ginger Agua, a refreshing flavored water. I whipped up a batch this week and anyone who crossed my threshold was offered a glass to counteract the incredible humidity we have been experiencing! I have to say that it was the most refreshing glass of “water” I’ve enjoyed in a long time and most of my friends seemed to agree. In addition to a refresher at the end of a long, hot day, the agua was equally enjoyable as a morning pick me up, a healthier substitute for a sugar laden juice.
Sweet pineapple is blended with fresh spinach, some diced up fresh ginger and just a little bit of sugar (1 Tablespoon). The mixture is strained, leaving you with just the water that is flavored with all the aromatics. It’s a little time consuming to strain the agua but you really don’t want this to be a drink with any pulp so it’s worth the effort.
There is plenty of summer left and even if the humidity eventually abates, this drink will deliver lots of flavor and a refreshing alternative to plain water. The recipe below is from Domino but rewritten in my words with a few clarifications on ingredient prep to make it easier to execute. Thank you to all my tasters!
Please let me know if you give it a try!
Flowers by my friend, Marta Taylor who owns Bloom Flower Studio.
Until next time…