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Adult Agua Fresca

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

When one of our original Feeders, Erin, was leaving Singapore a few weeks ago, I put together this deliciously spicy-sweet Agua Fresca to toast her goodbye.

And now in our house we are crushing on the alcohol-free version. I've been keeping a chilled pitcher of this in the fridge. It's perfect for sipping as the days turn hotter (or in Singapore, all the time!).

An Agua Fresca is simply a light fruit drink (strawberry, watermelon, even cucumber!) with a little lime juice and a bit of sweetener like simple syrup or honey. This version uses hibiscus as the base, which makes it a lovely colour.

Drink it as is, or add a shot of gin or vodka for a refreshing cocktail.




1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

1 Thai chili, split in half lengthwise

4 3-inch strips orange or lime zest

½ cup dried hibiscus flowers or 2-4 hibiscus tea bags (rosella)

½ cup sugar

½ cup fresh lime juice

30 ml gin or vodka for each serving

Thin lime wheels (for serving)

Mix It Up!

Scrape vanilla seeds into a medium saucepan; add vanilla pod, chili, orange (or lime) zest, hibiscus, sugar, and 2 cups boiling water. Give it a good stir to dissolve sugar. Let mixture steep until infusion cools to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing on solids.

Stir in lime juice and 2 cups cold water; chill for at least 1 hour.

Divide Agua Fresca among ice-filled glasses.

Add gin or vodka if desired and stir.

Garnish with lime wheels.

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