My parents have always had a do-it-yourself style and when it comes to food, grow-it-yourself. Their garden in our home in Mitla is the stuff of fairy tales, with fruit trees, an avocado tree, tomatoes, herbs, and a lime tree. My mom blends the lime tree leaves to add a subtle lime flavor to this agua fresca. The flavor mimics that of lime zest without the work of zesting every lime. Make sure you use fresh lime leaves and use a very fine double-mesh strainer, add the remaining water.
In a blender, combine the lime leaves, sugar, and half of the water. Blend until smooth. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer, add the remaining water, and serve over ice.
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