When the weather starts to heat up nothing seems to welcome the seasonal change better than a good old-fashioned Agua Fresca.If you are not already familiar with Agua Fresca, it is an aptly named fresh fruit drink that is literally translated to “fresh water” and made with an amazingly varied spread of fruits and vegetables.
And it’s so simple to make.
Just blend the fruit with water and strain.
So why aren’t you making this already!? Let your imagination run wild! I also love them because outside of being refreshing on their own, they make a mean base for a cocktail. Cucumber and Basil Agua Fresca? delicious (with gin). Cantaloupe and Mint? refreshing (with sweet tea vodka). Watermelon and Cayenne? So. Good. (with cachaca). Pineapple and Jalapeno? amazing (with tequila).
The rule of thumb for agua frescas is to put whatever fruit and vegetable combo you want in a blender with enough water so it will blend easily blend and some sugar to taste, then strain.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
1 Watermelon cut into cubes (you can take off the skin, but I don’t)
2 cups Water
1-4 Tablespoons Sugar*
2 Meyer Lemons, juiced
1 bunch Basil
1 bunch Chocolate Mint
1/4 teaspoon Salt
– Blend all ingredients until smooth
– Strain using a medium to small sieve
– Let cool and serve on its own or with sparkling water
* Use as much sugar as suits you, I used 1 Tablespoon as I don’t have a huge sweet tooth.
I made a rum and watermelon Agua Fresca that was amazing!! Just put a pour of rum (1.5 fluid ounces) in an iced glass and pour equal parts watermelon agua fresca with sparkling water.