The rosy blush of this refreshing drink makes hardlikearmour's licuado our new summer standby for casual picnics or more formal bridal or baby showers. Don't let the lighter-than-a-smoothie texture fool you -- the flavors are bold (but still balanced), thanks to the addition of deeply flavored mint water. For our next batch, we're adding a splash of rum!
Licuados are blended milk and fruit beverages that originated in Mexico. They are like a smoothie, but definitely lighter and more thirst-quenching. My version is loosely based on Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger's recipe for Fresh Fruit Liquados found in Mesa Mexicana. It combines quintessential summer fruit with mint so it is especially refreshing. The fruit flavor comes through first, but the mint definitely makes itself known.
Makes about 1 quart
Refreshing Summer Licuado:
Bring the water to a boil in a small pan. Remove from heat and add the mint leaves. Stir briefly, then cover the pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain the mixture into a glass measure, pressing the leaves in the strainer to extract as much water as possible. Add enough water to equal 1 cup of mint water. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.