chia fresca in glass with mint

Strawberry Chia Fresca (Iskiate) with Peruvian Black Mint

  • Author: Azlin Bloor
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x


Strawberry Chia Fresca with Peruvian Black Mint is a fruity, minty twist to the traditional iskiate, that refreshing, tangy and energising drink synonymous with the running tribe of Mexico, the Tarahumara.



  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 250ml (1 cup) sparkling water
  • 12 tsp honey (to taste)
  • 3 sprigs Peruvian Black Mint (Huacatay) or regular mint
  • 5 small-medium strawberries
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 23 ice cubes


  • a sprig of Huacatay (or the mint you are using)


  1. Place the chia seeds in your chosen glass and top with half the sparkling water.
  2. Stir in the honey.
  3. Place it in the fridge for 5 minutes for the seeds to soften. You can leave it for longer if you like. I quite often make this in the morning, then have it a few hours later, before lunch.
  4. While waiting, let’s get the huacatay and strawberries ready. Strip the huacatay leaves and crush them with a pestle and mortar or the back of a spoon.
  5. Do the same with the strawberries. You can blitz the strawberries and mint in a chopper for a smoother drink, if you like.
  6. Add the crushed/muddled herb and fruit to your chia fresca and stir.
  7. Add the lime juice and ice cubes and top up with the rest of the sparking water. That’s it!

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chia seeds, healthy, drinks