Hey friends! It’s that time of year again! #drinkthesummer 2016 is happening! You know, it’s that awesome internet party where this year 50(!!!) bloggers are sharing their delicious liquid concoctions! A big thanks goes to Sherrie for hosting this helluva get-together! My sister was telling me about a special little watermelon/hibiscus/tequila drink she had at this place in Charleston. I think the words she used were: fruity, fresh, effervescent, amazing. Yes! Yes! Yes! I set out to make my own version, without tequila because, yeah… I’m pregnant! I’ve been meaning to tell you guys for a while but honestly the whole thing still feels like a dream, I can’t believe there’s actually something alive in me. Mark and I had been trying for about two years, it was pretty emotional at times. I wanted to share that all with you here too but I guess I felt too scared or vulnerable. I went on for years believing what my mom told me – that if just one little drop of semen got near my lady parts I’d likely get pregnant. That obviously wasn’t the case in this situation. I know it may sound cheesy or unambitious but I knew I wanted to be a mom since as long as I can remember. Our big anatomy ultrasound is on Monday, we’ll be able to see every little detail with the baby! I’m super excited/nervous. The first three months of this crazy adventure were kinda tough. I pretty much lived off mashed potatoes, cereal, pretzels and watermelon. Cooking food or even looking at pictures of it made me super nauseous. So I apologize if I’ve been a little MIA on social media, blog commenting, etc. I’ll get back into the swing of things soon, I promise. But for now I’ll share this super simple and refreshing drink with you guys! It’s so easy to make: blend up some watermelon, brew a little hibiscus tea, chill and top with bubbly water. Cheers friends! And make sure to check out all the #drinkthesummer drinks below!
Ingredients for the Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca
1 tablespoon hibiscus tea
2 cups water
8 cups cubed watermelon
2 tablespoons agave (optional for sweetness)
bubbly water to top it off
Boil the water and pour it over the hibiscus tea leaves. Let steep for 11 minutes or so, then chill. Blend the watermelon in your blender until smooth. Pour it through a strainer, you should have about 2 cups of watermelon juice. Combine the chilled tea with the watermelon into a pitcher. Taste for sweetness, stirring in a tablespoon or two of agave nectar if you wish. Pour into glasses and top with bubble water. A shot of tequila is optional.
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