Recipe: Agua fresca with cucumber and lime
JUICE BAR: Natural summer coolers, clockwise from top: cucumber-lime, watermelon-lime, peach-lavender, and the classic horchata. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 quarts
Note: Inspired by Jimmy Shaw, of Loteria Grill. Find agave nectar at Trader Joe's stores, Whole Foods, Ralphs and other markets.
5 whole cucumbers, coarsely chopped (not peeled or seeded)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 serrano chile, seeded and minced (or more to taste)
1/8 cup agave syrup
In a blender, in batches, purée the cucumbers with 2 1/4 cups of water, the lime juice, chile, agave syrup and a generous pinch of sea salt on high speed. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a triple layer of cheesecloth (or use a chinois), discarding the solids. Serve over ice. Keeps 2 days, refrigerated.
Each 8-ounce serving: 19 calories; 0 protein; 5 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 36 mg. sodium.