This one came from a glut of mandarins at home – we bought a bag two weeks in a row and were a little slow in eating them, ending up with a surplus that had to be used quickly. Using the basic agua fresca approach detailed at https://www.mistressofmocktails.com/agua-fresca/, the ingredients were simply mandarins, water, agave syrup, lime – and I try to have limes around whenever I can.
Too nice to have alone, this is a recipe for 2.
Reserve 2 mandarin segments as a garnish
4 medium mandarins – enough to make 2 cupfuls
2 cups water
2 tspn agave syrup
1 lime, juiced
Blend the fruit, water and sweetener
Sieve, if it looks too pulpy (I didn’t)
Test for sweetness first and adjust if necessary
Server over ice.
Keywords: mocktail, mandarin, agua fresca
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Here are the starting ingredients:
I used the glass I was serving in, as the measure for how many mandarins were required.
There are so many variations on this recipe, it was a toss of the coin as to which one to start from. Most used coconut milk and pineapple juice for a light effect, but I think the ice has the same effect, and cools it down even further.
The shredded coconut garnish was a little distracting, when drinking from the glass, but the straw would have fixed that. Mind you, Millie said the garnish was the best part, so it’s definitely got to stay, even if it’s just for the looks.
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