This berry agua fresca made with chia seeds is a naturally hydrating and thirst quenching drink on a hot day.
One of the simplest and most popular summer drinks around here is agua fresca. Farmer’s markets are filled with stands offering a variety of these cool fruit waters to satisfy your thirst on a hot day.
They’re a natural for this time of year, refreshing, not too sweet and perfect for cooling off from the summer heat. Made up of little more than fruit and herb or flower infused water, they’re infinitely customizable based on what you happen to have on hand.
The key is to infuse the water with just enough flavor to create a thirst quenching beverage while not veering into juice territory.
I start my berry agua fresca by brewing rosehip tea that’s then cooled and added to a blend of berries. Rosehips are a nice source of both vitamin C and bioflavonoids and the tea tastes lightly fruity and a little tart, which goes well with berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Once cooled, everything is blended up and strained into a pitcher.
Next it’s time to add the chia seeds, which plump up and add a nice texture to the final drink, not to mention added fiber and omega 3’s. Chia seeds are great for hydration because the little seeds swell up to hold ten times their weight in water! What you end up with is a light and refreshing fruit flavored herbal drink with a texture reminiscent of bubble tea that goes down smooth and is fun to drink.
I suspect you’ll want to keep a pitcher of chia berry agua fresca ready in your fridge this summer.