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Cucumber, pineapple juice and ginger agua fresca from Akasha

September 09, 2009

Dear SOS: While having a lovely lunch at Akasha, I tried their cucumber, pineapple juice and ginger agua fresca. What a refreshing fabulous drink. Just what you want on a hot summer afternoon.

Scott Grant

Los Angeles

Dear Scott: This agua fresca from Akasha combines the refreshing flavors of pineapple and cucumber, lightened with a little seltzer and finished with a punch of bright ginger flavor. Served in a tall glass, it's a perfect counterpoint to these sweltering summer days.

This recipe uses a specific ginger mix, Elixir G. Because of its limited availability, we also tested the recipe substituting equal parts ginger ale for the combined seltzer and ginger mix (3 1/2 ounces total). While not the same beverage, it is similar in flavor and likewise refreshing.

Cucumber-ginger agua fresca

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

Note: Adapted from Akasha. This recipe requires a ginger mix, Elixir G, for the recipe. Elixir G can be found online and at some cooking supply and liquor stores, including Surfas in Culver City, Wally's Wines & Spirits in Los Angeles, John & Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, Market Gourmet in Venice, Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa and Lazy Acres Market in Santa Barbara; call first for availability.

3 ounces freshly-squeezed or bottled pineapple juice (from approximately one-fourth peeled, blended and strained pineapple)

3 ounces freshly squeezed cucumber juice (from approximately 1/2 diced, blended and strained large cucumber)

3 ounces seltzer water or club soda

1/2 ounce ginger elixir, more to taste

Cucumber or pineapple slice, for garnish

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the pineapple and cucumber juice. Top with seltzer and ginger elixir. Stir gently and serve, garnished with a cucumber or pineapple slice.

Each serving: 50 calories; 0 grams protein; 12 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 2 mg. sodium.

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