Monday, June 25, 2018

Magazine Monday #26: Strawberry-Rose Agua Fresca & Welcome to #CookoutWeek!


Happy Magazine Monday and kickoff of #CookoutWeek! During this week, I am joining over 50 of my blogger friends to celebrate summer by posting delicious cookout-themed recipes. If you love grilling, frozen treats, picnics, berries, s'mores, campfire meals, and other summer goodies... you are in the right place! This week, we are also hosting a HUGE giveaway thanks to our generous #CookoutWeek sponsors. Enter below to win.

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    Here's a full list of the bloggers participating in #CookoutWeek 2018! You can find yummy recipes by checking out any of the links below: The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor's AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburger ♥ Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene's Recipe JournalJonesin' For TasteKaren's Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen


    So, listen.  I know that last week, I noted my propensity toward using drinks on my Magazine Monday posts because they tend to be easy to make last-minute.  This is not that.  When I got the June/July issue of Bon Appetit, I knew that #CookoutWeek would follow not too soon after, and I wanted to get a recipe from that issue.

    It just so happens that I'm starting the week with a refreshing drink you can make for your next cookout to celebrate the wonder that is strawberries in the summer.

    At least this one doesn't have booze in it?

    (Although, it would be really good with a shot of rum in it, probably, if your cookout guests are looking for some adult libations...)

    Also, since the point of Sarah Cooks the Books is that I'm cooking from books, I thought that #CookoutWeek 2018 would be an excellent time to bust out Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue, a book that, honestly, I never saw myself using, as I'm not a huge barbecuer.  But here we are.  I guess stranger things have happened.

    Point being, you'll be seeing recipes from ol' Al this week.  Enjoy!

    Strawberry-Rose Agua Fresca
    Makes 4
    From Bon Appetit Magazine, June/July 2018

    Ingredients
    1 lb. strawberries, hulled
    1/4 cup mint leaves
    2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
    2 Tbsp. light agave nectar
    1 tsp. rose water (optional)
    2 cups cold water
    Club soda
    Ice
    Mint sprigs, lime wheels, and whole strawberries for garnish

    Puree strawberries, mint, lime juice, agave, rose water, and plain water together in a blender.  Transfer the puree to an airtight container and chill for about an hour.

    Skim any foam off the surface of the mixture and add ice to four 12-oz. glasses.  Fill the glasses about 3/4 of the way with the strawberry mixture, top off with club soda, and garnish with mint, strawberries, and lime wheels.