Their shiny blue-gray hue developed over time as a result of weather, traffic and from their iron slag content, originating from ballasts of 16th century Spanish ships.
And also enjoyed some local flavors
And took in a little history while
visiting an old Spanish fort~
Castillo San Felipe del Morro or El Morro sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay is and one of the largest fortifications built by the Spain in the Caribbean.
The construction of which began in 1539 and the result of the efforts of Spanish engineers over a period of more than 250 years.
We enjoyed Agua Fresca during our visit, translation = fresh water~ flavored with an infusion and combination of fruit and/or herbs.
Agua Fresca sounds so much more
exotic & refreshing than fresh water :)
In search recipes for Agua Fresca, most of what I came across is more of a procedure than a recipe, with the fruit pureed, then strained to remove the pulp. What we enjoyed daily at our hotel in Puerto Rico was water with a simple infusion of sliced fruit~ how easy and refreshing!
The sky’s the limit with Agua Fresca using your favorite combination of fruits and herbs and enjoying what’s in season!
Perfect and thirst-quenching for summer weather, outdoor activities and picnics~
Strawberries are in season~
I decided to add some lime and mint flavor.
Muddle or bruise your mint leaves
with a spoon to release the flavor~
Cut your berries and limes and add ice and water.
Add some agave nectar or sweetener of choice to taste.
Refrigerate several hours to allow the
flavors of the fruit to steep and infuse the water.
The longer it infuses, the prettier the color!
Experiment with your flavors. . .
Watermelon & Rosemary or Mint, Raspberry & Lemon or Lime, Cantaloupe or Honeydew Melon & Basil, All Citrus, or Cucumber, Lime & Mint!
If you prefer, throw your fruit in the blender and then strain to remove the solids. You could also make a simple syrup and add some herbs to impart some subtle additional flavor.