Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cucumber Limeade {Agua de Pepino}

No need to adjust your computer screens.  Today's recipe really is a Cucumber Limeade, also known as Agua de Pepino.

Now, I know that your all thinking that drinking a cucumber flavored beverage isn't something that appeals to you.  I felt the same way when I first heard of Agua de Pepino.  I remember thinking, "Cucumber water, really?  That's just wrong!"

But once I tasted it, I was completely won over by the refreshing combination of the two flavors, that just seem to complement each other so well.

Agua de Pepino is my go-to beverage when the temperatures and humidity are soaring.  I really hope you will give this recipe a try.   

Agua de Pepino

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut in large chunks
  • 3 limes or 6 key limes, cut in half
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • Water
  • Ice


Directions:
Place the cucumber in a blender cup.  Fill the blender cup with water.




Puree until smooth.



Strain the cucumber puree into a 4-quart pitcher. 



Rinse out the blender cup, if desired.  Place the lime halves in the blender cup.  I was only able to find small limes, so I used 6 of them.  But if you're lucky enough to find large limes, you'll only need three.

Fill the blender cup with water. 



Now, with this next step, you HAVE to follow directions, so read the instructions carefully.

You're only going to pulse the blender for 3 to 4 seconds.  (I've mentioned this trick before in my recipe for Easy Agua de Limon.)  If you puree it too long, you'll end up grinding up the white part of the zest, which will result in a very bitter agua fresca.  And we really don't want that to happen.



Strain the lime puree into the pitcher with the cucumber puree.  Add enough water to the pitcher to fill it.  Sweeten your Agua de Pepino with sugar.  Refrigerate until ready to use.




Before serving, wet the rim of your serving glasses with lime or lemon juice, then dip the rim in granulated sugar.  (This step is completely optional, but doesn't it look pretty?)



Serve with or without ice and garnish with a lime or cucumber slice.  Enjoy!!!

agua de pepino-cucumber limeade

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21 comments:

  1.  My favorite Sinaloa chain restaurant, Panamá, has a drink I get most times called Limón-jito.  It is a take off of a Mojito and is Cucumber, Lime, and Mint.  Delish!  When I don't get a Limón-Jito, though, I get a Fresandia - which is strawberry and watermelon.  MMMMMMMM

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    1. I dream of the Limon-jito. Hope this recipe is right up there with it!

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  2. funny how so many times the "wrongs"  make such a great right... I can see how refreshing this is, I once had a cucumber drink down there many years ago, but I do not remember of it having limon, I am sure it did though...

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  3. That stuff is delicious!! and very, very good for you, so I hear.

    Just don't drink it without the lime... yuck!

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  4.  yummy!  Have you ever tried agua de pepino-piña?  Its one of my favorites in the summertime.

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  5. The How To Mommy .comMay 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    That sounds so delicious and summer-y.  I am your newest follower and wanted to invite you to join my Tasty Thursday Recipe Swap Blog Hop.  If you join you are entered to win a $10 Food Network Store Gift Card.  Hope to see you at the hop.
    ~The How To Mommy

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  6. hey Leslie! hola yo tambien me llamo leslie y tambien de enves encuando pongo recetas en mi blog! when i saw ur blog i had to follow! and ps this water looks delish and i remember when i first had it i was 6 and i love pepino so i tasted it an it was good imake popsicles with this water! yummy now a water that is just plain wrong is agua de tomate!!! my mom tried to make me drink that! lol not happening! anyways love ur blog!

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  7. Hola tocaya!  Muchas gracias por todos tus comentarios.  Yo no habia probado el agua de pepino hasta que vine a vivir a Mexico.  And now it's one of my favorites.  Agua de Tomate does sound pretty wrong.  The only agua fresca that I've tasted that I wasn't too crazy about was Agua de Ciruela.  Not the big purple ones, but the little yellow ones.  El agua sabia a tomate.  LOL

    Porque no dejas el link de tu blog?  Me encantaria ir de visita. :)  

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  8. I am pretty sure is very refreshing. I will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

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  9. Bria @ WestofPersia.comMay 29, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Oh, wow, this is really great info. I had a cucumber lemonade yesterday and just fell in love. Can't wait to use your tips in reverse-engineering the recipe.

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  10. This sounds great...cucumber is so refreshing that I just know this would be a wonderful cooler on a hot day!

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  11. I am making this asap!  Que rico!  I love all your recipes!

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  12. That sounds so refreshing - perfect for the hot, humid days we've been experiencing in Virginia!

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  13. Leslie, I love the new header and button! It goes awesome with the lemons background. I'm going to have to try this pepino-lima number. ¡Se ve bien refrescante! <3

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  14. Leslie... I love your blog. So many good ideas! Cucumber lime aid sounds like a savor to my thirst. 

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  15. Leslie, this recipe is to DIE for!, I kidd you not! it was a big hit @ the family summer picnic. U ROCK!

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  16. Leslie this is a drink I always have at home now, it's delicious!! Question, I'm living in guadalajara right now and I've had this pink "aqua de frutas" that is so good! Do you have a recipe for that?

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  17. The first time we had agua de pepino was at Carmelita's Cafe in Zihua. We loved it. When I tried to make it at home, something was missing. Now I know it was because I didn't put the cut limes into the blender. ( I think I also had seeded the pepinos.)

    I'll be trying this again soon. Thanks!

    Saludos,
    Don Cuevas

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  18. Gracias!!! Me encanto...mi agua fresca favorita de hoy en adelante...
    Loved it!!!!
    Marcela Gonzalez

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  19. This was delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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