Friday, May 8, 2015

How to make a Pink Banana Agua Fresca your kids will love

Banana Agua Fresca (1A)
In Mexico, we don’t just eat fruits, but we enjoy drinking them, too. Yes, we make all types of “Aguas Frescas” using fruits, herbs, and even grains and seeds. All of these drinks are very delicious, and I’m glad to be able to recreate many of them even though I am so far from Mexico. In this case, no one will have trouble preparing this agua fresca, since the ingredients are common in many kitchens. And besides, who doesn’t have an extra pair of ripe bananas lying around? With this recipe, instead of making the usual banana bread, you can fix yourself a quick refreshing drink with them.

People might be intrigued by the pink color of the drink and the reason behind it. The only reason for the color I could think of was that in Mexico we add red grenadine syrup to many fruit smoothies and drinks, not only to add color, but also flavor. But either way, don't you think the Banana agua fresca just looks more attractive in a pink color?
Banana Tree Banana Agua Fresca
My grandma used to have an acre of land planted with banana trees, where we used to play hide & seek as kids. Photo courtesy of fronteraintormativa.wordpress.com

 Did you know that the banana tree isn’t a tree at all, but instead one of the largest plants in the world? Its leaves are among the largest found in the plant kingdom.


Banana is a fruit that is harvested year-round in Mexico, that is why we can enjoy them any time of the year. States such as Veracruz, Tabasco, and Chiapas are the largest growers of bananas, among many other states that also produce them in a minor scale. We have 9 varieties of bananas in our country, but only four are the most popular: Tabasco, Macho, Manzano and Dominico. Banana in Spanish is called plátano, banano, or guineo.

MAKES ABOUT 6 CUPS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium sized ripe bananas*
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 1/3 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 drops of red food coloring or grenadine syrup**
  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • A dash of ground cinnamon


Banana Agua Fresca (6)

NOTES:


*Use ripe bananas since they are sweeter and you won’t need to add more sugar.
** The food coloring or grenadine is optional. The pink option is a very popular way to sell it in Mexico.

DIRECTIONS:


1. Place peeled bananas, milk, water, sugar, vanilla and food coloring or grenadine into a blender, and process until you have a very smooth mixture.
2. Pour into a pitcher and add the ice cubes. Dust with some ground cinnamon when served.

Banana Agua Fresca (1)
¡Buen provecho!
Mely

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