Surprise, surprise. It is summer in Playa del Carmen and it's hot. According to the status updates in my Facebook news feed, it is not as hot as the summer our friends and family are experiencing in the northeastern United States, so I will try not to minge and complain too much. After 7 years living on the Riviera Maya,  we have actually become quite acclimated to hot and sticky weather and have a wide variety of coping techniques to get through the occasional scorcher. Because we are all out working, playing and exercising in the heat, staying hydrated is always a top priority.

Cucumber-Ginger WaterWe have made huge strides over the past year to focus on our health and and quality of life and so, I do my best to avoid "sports drinks" and powdered drink mixes whenever possible. At home, I have been experimenting with different "agua de frutas" (literally translated as fruit waters) to keep our thirsts quenched. "Agua de frutas" or "agua de sabores" can be found in every restaurant, regardless of style or size, all across Mexico. A typical "comida corida" will come with your choice of "agua del dia" served in a pitcher to share. Aguas de jamaica, horchata, tamarindo and sandia have become very familiar to us over the years.

Over the past few weeks I have made a point of making my own "agua de casa" with the multitude of inexpensive fresh fruits we have to choose from in DAC and the grocery stores. I have had good luck with cucumber-lime, strawberry-mint and guayaba-mango to name a few. One of my favorites is this one, cucumber-ginger. It's easy to make and delicious and has to be better for you than Gatorade.

 

Agua de Pepino-jengibre

1 large cucumber - peeled and cut into chunks
2" ginger root - cut into chunks
Juice of 2 limes
2 liters of water
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

Put the cucumber chunks into a blender.
Cover with water to 1 inch below the rim and blend until completely smooth.
Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher, pressing softly on the solids.
Clean the strainer.
Put the ginger chunks and lime juice into the blender.
Cover with water to 1 inch below the rim and blend until smooth.
Pour through the strainer into the pitcher with the cucumber water.
Add in the sugar and salt and stir until completely dissolved.
Refrigerate.

When chilled, stir and serve over ice!

 

If you have any favorite fruit waters or fun beverage combinations, please share them with me!