Watermelon Agua Fresca
It may seem a bit odd for me to be posting a refreshing, vibrant, ostentatiously summery drink in the dead of winter, but with the scant hours of daylight and dipping temperatures, I for one need a little taste of summer to ward off the winter blues.
I love me an agua fresca. The literal translation is…you guessed it, fresh water, and that it sure is. Popular in Mexico, Central and South America it’s a catch-all term for a blend of fresh fruit and water, sometimes with the addition of herbs or seeds. They are a perfect cool down in the summer, and in the winter, a great way to stay hydrated and maximize you fruit intake.
Here in Canada our winter produce sucks. The selection is limited and the flavours sub-par, not to mention expensive! This method allows you to buttress the fruit flavour with the addition of sweetener and citrus and get the most out of your purchase.
Aguas frescas can be made with nearly any fruit, but here I used a mini seedless watermelon, because of their inherent hydration and seeming abundance in the stores these days. But feel free to experiment with any fruit or combination of fruits to find the perfect fresca fit.
Makes 2 litres
1 mini seedless watermelon, rind removed and chopped (or about 4 cups of standard watermelon, seeds removed)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon of sugar (adjust to your liking)
1.5 litres of water
Place watermelon and ½ a litre of water in a blender and blend on high until liquefied
Strain into a jar or container and add the sugar, lime juice and remaining water, stir to combine
Let chill in the refrigerator
Pour over ice and enjoy