Mango Pineapple Agua Fresca

If you drink only one fruity beverage this summer, this Mango Pineapple Aqua Fresca should be it. This refreshing beverage is super easy to make and it is something I crave during the hot summer months. Its non-alcoholic so my kids can enjoy it as well. I will tell you, however, that it is tasty as a cocktail with vodka, rum or tequila.

Mango Pineapple Agua Fresca. A light, refreshing popular summer drink. If you have only one fruity drink this summer, this should be it! www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Speaking of cravings, I am sure my friend Courtney of the  blog, Neighborfood, has been having plenty this year as she is due with her first baby soon and this post is part of a virtual baby shower for her. My friend Nancy of Gotta Get Baked organized this fun party for Courtney. Of course an in person baby shower is more fun but since most of us aren’t next door neighbors, a virtual party is the next best thing.  I knew I wanted to make this drink for the virtual  baby shower since it was a fave drink of mine when I was pregnant with my girls. Courtney is one of the nicest bloggers I know and she makes some amazing recipes. Her gorgeous  Roasted Corn and Zucchini salsa is a perfect summer side dish, her Cobb Salad burgers are genius and I could go for a few of these Chocolate Coffee Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that she made right about now. I could go on and one. Bookmark her blog for many more awesome recipes, you won’t be dissapointed!
Mango Pineapple Agua Fresca. A light, refreshing popular summer drink. If you have only one fruity drink this summer, this should be it! www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I have never really been a big fan of juices because of how sweet they are so I always watered them down or added mineral water to them for a slightly less sweet taste and added fizz. When I first discovered agua fresca years ago at the Fiesta celebration in the town I grew up in I fell in love. Light, fruity and not too sweet. My kind of drink. Even though I had two girls and the old wives tales say girls make you crave sugar that wasn’t the case for me at all. That’s why drinks like agua fresca were perfect for me back then. And still are today. Even my girls love to drink them.

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‘Otai – Tongan Watermelon Drink

Today is National Drink Watermelon Day, or is it National watermelon drink day? Either way I am celebrating. I don’t make these things up, I just participate in these crazy national food holidays when some sound like they would be fun to participate in. I was on instagram the other day and saw that the Watermelon Board had posted about this upcoming food holiday. I happened to have two watermelons in my kitchen and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. ‘Otai.  Its a delicious and really EASY to make watermelon drink.
‘Otai - Tongan Watermelon Drink. A refreshing watermelon coconut drink from Polynesia. Easy to make and delicious to drink. www.pineappleandcoconut.com

‘Otai originates from Tonga. A small Polynesian island chain in the south pacific. The kingdom of Tonga has over 170 islands but most are too small to inhabit, approximately 36-52 are inhabited (depending on which source is reporting this status) and 70% of Tongans live on the main island of Tongatapu. It is two thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. So really, smack dab in the middle of the south pacific, south of Samoa, another gorgeous island chain.
‘Otai - Tongan Watermelon Drink. A refreshing watermelon coconut drink from Polynesia. Easy to make and delicious to drink. www.pineappleandcoconut.com

The cuisine in Tonga is lots of tropical fruits and vegetables like taro, bananas, yams, coconut and lots of fish and seafood. Western culture introduced citrus such as limes and lemons and watermelon soon became a favorite amongst Tongans. And I can see why. A hot day on a tropical island, watermelon is most definitely a welcome refreshing treat especially when made into a watermelon drink.

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Tin Roof! Rusted! Tin Roof Ice Cream Cones

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Tahitian Vanilla Seared Scallops with Lemon Coconut Risotto

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I have some fancy food for you today. Tahitian vanilla seared scallops with lemon coconut risotto and a vanilla bean beurre blanc. Once in a while I love to cook something I would typically order in a restaurant but not make at home due to the work involved. Things that professional chefs have training on […]

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Tropical 7 Layer Bars

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I honestly can’t tell you how many times in my life I have baked chocolate chip cookies. Probably a gazillion. Ok maybe only a million. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, a comforting delicious cookie. Especially warm right out of the oven. But not too hot, because burning one’s tongue on hot magma like chocolate […]

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