Strawberry Rosewater Chia Fresca

Beautiful and hydrating strawberry chia fresca with lemon and rosewater is perfect for warm summer days on the patio or post-workout hydration.

An overhead shot of two glasses of strawberry rosewater chia fresca in direct sunlight. The drinks are garnished with lemon wedges and surrounded by bright pink rose petals.
A head on shot of two glasses of strawberry rosewater chia fresca in direct sunlight. The drinks are garnished with lemon wedges and surrounded by bright pink rose petals.


Do chia drinks freak you out? I kind of gravitate to the juices and other drinks with all the little floaties in them. I’m all about that hydration any way I can get it. My man is the opposite. One time on a little day trip in the Boston area, we stopped at a Whole Foods for a quick lunch and my chia kombucha just exploded out of the bottle and he had to actually look away because he was so grossed out.

Chia fresca is the original chia seed beverage though. It has roots in Latin America and usually involves chia seeds, water, and some kind of citrus juice. This one plays on that combination with some strawberries juiced up in the mix and a kiss of rosewater. It’s a pretty special beverage. You can just feel it enlivening your whole being up when you sip it down. Hope everyone has a calm and totally centered kinda weekend. We’re installing a storm door among other exciting things, so you know it’s gonna be a real party over here ;)

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Strawberry Rosewater Chia Fresca

Beautiful and hydrating strawberry chia fresca with lemon and rosewater. Perfect for warm summer days on the patio or post-workout hydration.
PREP TIME10 mins
Resting Time1 hr
TOTAL TIME1 hr 10 mins
Course Beverage
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Laura Wright

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 4 cups water or do a half-and-half mix of coconut water and water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater

Instructions

  • Combine the strawberries and water in an upright blender. Blend on high until liquified. Run the strawberry water through a fine mesh sieve, pressing through with a spatula. Discard solids and seeds.
  • In a pitcher combine the strawberry water and the chia seeds. Whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the chia seeds to gel in the chia fresca.
  • Once ready to drink, give the chia fresca a light whisk. Then, stir in the lemon juice and rosewater. Serve with additional wedges of lemon and ice if you like.

Notes

  • I made up half of the water with coconut water so that I didn’t have to sweeten this drink with any additional ingredients. If you decide to go with all water, I’d recommend a little drizzle of agave nectar or maple syrup to really bring out that nectar-like strawberry flavour :)

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