Strawberry Basil Agua Fresca

Strawberry Basil Agua Fresca

I am not a “summer” kind of gal. For me, the only good thing about the heat of the summer is the fact that I can consume popsicles and drink gallons of Agua Fresca. This is one of my favorite refreshers. If I am having a party, I like to switch it up and use club soda instead of water. It makes the drink a lot more fun and bubbly, as well as versatile enough to mix in with adult beverages.



  • 12 oz fresh strawberries
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • 10 cups of water, or club soda



  1. Wash and remove green tops from strawberries. Remove basil leaves from stems.
  2. In a blender, combine the strawberries, basil leaves, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix on HIGH for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is finely pureed.
  3. Place a fine mesh sieve over your pitcher, and start pouring the strawberry and basil mixture into it.



I specializes in clean eating and gluten-free meal preparation. Born in Russia, I spent summers at my grandmother’s house, near the Black Sea, where there was a plentiful garden, in an area where everything was grown and nothing was prepackaged or manufactured.  There, I would go mushroom hunting and fishing with my grandfather and, every evening, we would gather around the outdoor stove where I helped prepare dinners.

My passion for cooking came from those summers. 

After moving to America, I discovered The Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer, inspiring me to attend the Art Institute of Los Angeles’ culinary program, becoming a private chef, soon after graduation.

In 2012, while in France, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, prompting me to cease consuming gluten and developing a bevy of gluten-free, clean eating, and healthy-living recipes.

Since 2012, I have been teaching private cooking lessons, as well as providing meal-prep and catering services, in Southern California, upon request. If interested in any of the above services, and for any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.