Thursday, September 1, 2011

Agua Mineral Con Naranjas (Sparkling Water With Oranges)


For years I've had a love affair with sparkling water. I don't know if it's because it's a guilt-free, refreshing, bubbling carbonated drink (although I've since learned that carbonation isn't all that good for you), or if drinking it sends me back in time to my Mexico holidays, where my mother and I would order from young, flirtacious, Mexican waiters, in our best Spanish, agua mineral con limon, por favor. They would bring our drinks on trays with glasses of ice, bottles of Mexican sparkling water, shot glasses filled with fresh-squeezed limes, and white napkins. They would carefully place the napkins in front of us and assemble our drinks, smiling at us as they did, and leave with a little bow. It was always a great way to anticipate the spicy Mexican meal that was coming.

Now, back in my kitchen, far from the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, I try to replicate the experience, minus the smell of the ocean and the cute waiter. And because I have a few oranges Baby Hippo has taken bites out of, I decide to use them up in the following special agua mineral con naranja drink I concocted. What I love about this drink is that the entire orange is used, not just the juice. It's loaded with vitamin C and fiber, and so very refreshing. Hope you love it!

Agua Mineral Con Naranjas

<p>A refreshing drink using whole oranges!</p>

See Agua Mineral Con Naranjas on Key Ingredient.


2 oranges, peeled
1 to 2 cups sparkling water
The juice of 1 or 2 limes


Blend the oranges in a blender until smooth. Pour over ice, then add the sparkling water and lime juice to taste. Garnish with orange or lime slices.


Amy said...

These look absolutely refreshing. I love sparkling water too! Yes, definitely a guilt free treat.

alessandra said...

Ha! you used Italian sparkling water, in Mexico, amazing! ;)

Kristin said...

Excited to do this - especially since we never do juice, or anything except milk or water. Love that the whole orange is used, too. Did Robs tell you that she bought me a Vitamix, btw?