Hotlanta, Here I Come!!!

Can you say “Barbeque!”
I’m off early tomorrow to visit the main’s squeeze’s fam in Atlanta, and I can already smell the BBQ-laden air.

In that spirit, I leave with some aguas fresca recipes for all to beat the summer heat!

Summer, summertime!

Via: Food & Wine

Parcha/ Passion Fruit Caipiroskas

TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN SERVES: 6

Brazil is famous for the caipirinha, but less well known for the classic caipiroska cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and sugar. Michelle Bernstein doesn’t love the taste of alcohol so she throws passion fruit puree into the mix, creating a deliciously fruity sweet-tart drink.

Ingredients
3/4 cup frozen pure passion fruit puree, thawed (see Note)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 5 limes), plus 6 thin lime wheels for garnish
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka (9 ounces)
6 cups crushed ice

City Grocery Mojitos

SERVES: 8
Ingredients
1 large bunch of spearmint, plus 8 additional sprigs for garnish
3/4 cup sugar
1 lime, rinsed and quartered, plus 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup club soda, plus more for serving
2 cups dark rum
Ice cubes
White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria
Ingredients
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Vinho Verde or Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
10 strawberries, thickly sliced (optional)
Orange and lime slices
1 1/2 cups sparkling sweet cider
Ice
Watermelon-Lime Frozen Agua Fresca
STAFF FAVORITE
ACTIVE TIME: 30 MIN TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN SERVES: 6
Fanny has always had an infatuation with frozen fruit. (The pastry cooks at Chez Panisse used to freeze raspberries for her; she stuck one on each finger and then ate them.) So it’s only natural that she makes an icy drink with one of her favorite fruits, watermelon. This agua fresca has the consistency of a frozen margarita.
ingredients
1/2 large seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into 1-inch dice (10 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (5 limes)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark rum, preferably Jamaican
directions
Put 9 cups of the watermelon cubes on a rimmed baking sheet, wrap with plastic and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, freeze 6 highball glasses. Chill the remaining 1 1/2 cups of watermelon.
In a blender, combine half of the chilled watermelon with half of the frozen watermelon and half of the lime juice, sugar and rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into 3 of the frozen glasses. Repeat with the remaining chilled and frozen watermelon, lime juice, sugar and rum. Serve the agua fresca at once.
MAKE AHEAD The recipe can be prepared through Step 1 up to 2 days in advance.
Passion Fruit Batida
FAST
MAKES 6 DRINKS
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups passion fruit juice
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 ounces cachaça or white rum (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
2 cups crushed ice
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