Ali Larter’s Secret for Drinking More Water (Hint: Add Tons of Flavor)

09/11/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

Ali Larter Agua Fresca Drink Recipe
Amy Neunsinger

If water tasted more like fruit punch and less like, say, water, we would have no problem gulping down eight glasses a day. Since we don’t think the water company will start lining the pipes with Fruit Roll-Ups any time soon, we found the next best thing: Ali Larter‘s tangy Agua Fresca.

The author of Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus From My Home to Yours pumps up ho-hum H2O by blending it with juicy cantaloupe, bright basil leaves, tart lime juice and just a hint of sweet agave syrup—which makes this flavor-packed water taste more like a treat than a building block.

If you don’t have cantaloupe, have fun experimenting with other ingredients: “Many fruits can be substituted or combined, such as honeydew, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple—whatever is fresh and in season,” Larter tells us. “You can also turn it into ice cubes to add something special for your kids.” Cheers!

Ali Larter’s Agua Fresca

Serves 6


4 cups cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed

2 cups water

¼ cup basil leaves, loosely packed

3 tbsp. fresh lime juice

2½ tsp. agave syrup

1. Line a large strainer with cheesecloth, and place it over a large bowl.

2. Combine 2 cups cantaloupe, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp. basil, 1½ tbsp. lime juice, and 1¼ teaspoons agave syrup in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture is as smooth as possible.

3. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Repeat the procedure with the remaining cantaloupe, water, basil, lime juice, and agave. Discard the solids in the strainer.

4. Pour the cantaloupe agua fresca into a pitcher, add enough ice cubes to chill. Serve over ice.

— Sonal Dutt

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Amri zedlav on

I’ve been making Agua Fresca for years and I don’t strain it. Refreshing and good for you. I’ve. Made all your mentioned fruits and also banana with a cup of almond milk and dash of cinnamon.

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