CT LIVE!: Cleansing Drinks for the New Year

Author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz showed us how to make Orange Fennel Agua Fresca and Cucumber Lemonade.

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Cucumber Lemonade
Makes 1 Drink

This is the drink of my hopes. It fills my heart with joy of health, and makes me happy to feel healthy.

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 45 sprigs dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup coconut water

In a juice extractor, press the juice of the cucumber and dill; You should have about 2/3 cup. Transfer to a blender with the lemon juice and coconut water, and pulse together. Pour into a glass and serve.

Orange Fennel Agua Fresca
Makes 1 drink

Let's take a cue from Latin água fresca and go for the glow! Think of this water as your personal cleansing drink. As in, hello health! All you need is a few sips to brighten your daytime energy.

  • 34 thin slices navel orange
  • 1 stalk fennel plus fennel top, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • Ice cubes
  • Equipment: 1 (16-ounce) mason jar

Combine the orange slices, fennel, and coconut water in a mason jar. Close the jar and let it steep in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. Add ice before serving.

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