Aguas Frescas (or ‘Fruit Kvass‘ to many brewers) – much like Tepache, this is merely raw fruit, sugar/honey and water.
It's so simple to make it's a great one to get the kids making, especially if/when you have a surplus of fruit for any reason.
Simply chop up a 1-2 cups of your chosen fruit into slices or 1cm cubes with the skin still on - apples, kiwifruit, peaches, feijoas, pineapple, mango, strawberries etc and add to around 1 litre of luke warm water in a jug into which you have stirred 1/4 -1/3 cup of sugar. The amount of sugar can be varied according to your taste and the sweetness of the fruit used. You can also use honey instead if you like.
Cover with a cloth or muslin to keep the fruit flies off, leave to ferment at room temperature for 1-2 days (you'll see it bubbling away when it's ready) and this becomes another pleasant, lightly effervescent drink, which again thanks to the natural yeasts present on the fruits skin, is mildly probiotic as well as rich in the enzymes and nutrients of the fruit.
Serve chilled with ice on a hot day and you'll go "Ahhhhhhh" for sure.
We love Babaco aguas frescas as the honey marries well with the tart, tangy and tropical flavour of the babaco.
Take a walk on the wild side and give it a try this summer!