Of course, I looked for aguas frescas that were used as alcoholic drink
mixers. In downtown Norcross, a Mexican restaurant called Zapata served me a tamarind margarita that was pretty good. And, in looking for a recipe for that, my search turned up with recipes for a Gitatini (a Ginger Tamarind cocktail), a Tamarind Martini (from Cooking Light), a Tamarind and Vodka Cocktail (served in a pitcher), and Tamarind Borracho (drunken tamarind). Oh, here’s a Tamarind Margarita with a Chili Rim… Quite a few of the recipes call for Tamarind Concentrate, which I just found in an ethnic grocery.
Of course, since aguas frescas are basically fruit juices, you can just add alcohol to them, and Boom! – you’ve got a drink. But I thought that I would look to see if anyone had purposefully created a cocktail using aguas frescas as a base.
Here are some more cocktail ideas:
- Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca
- Pineapple Party Punch Agua Fresca from Emeril Lagasse
- Watermelon Alcoholico Fresca
- Watermelon agua fresca cocktails – includes recipes for a Rum Roller and a Watermelon Blossom (with gin)
- Hibiscus (Jamaica) Margarita
- Hibiscus Cosmopolitan – interestingly enough, this recipe has no alcohol. Neither does this one.
- This Hibiscus Tea Cosmopolitan Cocktail does have alcohol in it!
- Hibiscus Tea with Vodka and Citrus from Giada Dilaurentiis
- Lemongrass Caipirinha – maybe more of a lemongrass syrup is used… but it sounds great!
I found an Australian company called Sunbeat that makes condensed syrups in exotic flavors. They have PDF files of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks using all sorts of unusual ingredients, such as dragon fruit, hibiscus, rooibus, lemongrass and ginger.
I came across that site while looking for a Hibiscus version of a Sea Breeze coctail, which is made with Cranberry Juice. I also found a New Orleans restaurant called The Green Goddess which has a very unusual food and drink menu. I found this description: Organic Tru Vodka, Hibiscus from Sudan on the Nile River, Acai Juice from the Brazilian Rainforest, finished with Jamaican Pink Ting.
Okay, I am sure that there are other recipes out there, but I need to wrap this up. I have a tendency to search things to death – does anyone else do that?