I’ve found lots of delicious ways of consuming one of my favorite foods. Here in the Southwest we have Agua Frescas. Drinks made out of fruits that are chilled and served up to thirsty residents. Most Latin or Mexican markets carry them. They are starting to become more common in standardized grocery stores.
Here’s a secret. You can make these thirst-quenching drinks right at home, using minimal tools and ingredients. And since it is National Watermelon Month, I’ll share this Agua Fresca de Sandia (fresh watermelon water) recipe with you.
- 1/2 watermelon, peeled and seeds taken out (use seedless for less work)
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup sweetener (if using stevia, use less), or
- 1/2 cup ginger infused simple syrup
- Juice of 1 lime
- Several sprigs of mint
- Peel watermelon and discard seeds, if necessary.
- Blend 1 cup fruit to 2 cups water at a time with sweetener and 8-10 leaves of peppermint. Strain mixture and pour into pitcher. Add sweetener and mix..
- Serve chilled and garnished with mint and lime slices.