A Taste of Colombia Without Leaving Home: Jugo de Fresa (Strawberry Juice)
One of the things I love, love, love about Colombia is their fresh juices. They are a mainstay on every menu and the restaurants have more flavors of fresh juices than they have varieties of soda.
And I am going to show my gringa-ness here because of all the wonderful flavors of fresh juice that are sold in Colombia (including a list of tropical fruits you can’t even find in the U.S.) my favorite is simply jugo de fresa, or strawberry juice. I order it from every restaurant I visit. Luckily, my lovely empleada, Dominga, recently shared with me her recipe for making this tasty drink, so I am sharing it with you because it's just too good and simple not to share it with everyone I know.
In fact, this recipe is so simple that you can pretty much exchange any fruit for the strawberries, adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of the fruit, blend, strain, and voila (or as they say in Colombia, listo) you have a fresh juice drink and can now enjoy a little bit of Colombian culture right in your own home.
You can also use fresh strawberries, reduce the amount of water, and add ice. Or, you can make the drink more creamy by using milk instead of water. In fact, when you order a fresh juice in Colombia you will often be asked "con leche o con agua?" (with milk or with water?). All I know is that the proportions of ingredients in the recipe below makes a perfect jugo de fresa.
HOW TO MAKE JUGO DE FRESA
Ready in: 5 to 10 minutes
Serves: 4 normal servings or 2 large servings
1 Liter of water
Almost 500 grams of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1. Fill a blender with the water. Add the frozen strawberries. Blend on puree until fully combined.
2. Add the sugar to the blended mixture. Blend on puree until fully combined and there are no remaining chunks of frozen strawberries.
3. Using a fine strainer, strain the mixture over a bowl.
4. Ladle the mixture from the bowl into the cups.
5. Enjoy immediately. The drink will separate if it sits for a period of time.
Package of 500g of frozen strawberries
Blended water and strawberries
Blended water, strawberries, and sugar
Straining the jugo de fresa
Finished jugo de fresa. Enjoy!