It’s finally watermelon season and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Summer is home to some of my favorite seasonal fruits and veggies. Watermelon is unfortunately just one of those fruits that isn’t sweet unless it’s summer. I’ve gotten many watermelons in the colder months and they just aren’t as juicy and sweet as in the summer. So when May rolls around I fully take advantage of it and eat as much watermelon as humanly possible.
I’ve been making agua fresca for years now. It’s super easy and one of my favorite refreshers this time of the year. Agua fresca essentially means “fresh water”. It’s basically just fresh fruit juice and water mixed together with a touch of sweetness. I like to blend my watermelon and then strain out the pulp with a sieve. I recommend you buy the watermelon whole instead of pre chopped. A whole watermelon is always always always juicier than one that’s been previously sliced and packaged. Since this recipe is all about that flavorful watermelon juice, it’s essential to have the best ingredients. I personally love to add a squeeze of lime and a touch of agave syrup to my juice. Although it’s all about preference. If your watermelon is already naturally very sweet, then you might not need additional sweetener. Play it by taste!
WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA
Prep time: 8 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8 cups
- 8 cups watermelon, cut in chunks (about 1/4 of a large watermelon)
- 1 cup cool water
- 1 tbsp light agave syrup
- 2 large limes, juice of
- Extra lime wedges for garnish
- Fresh mint leaf
- Chili-lime seasoning for rim of glass
- Place the watermelon chunks, water, agave and lime juice into a blender and blend till smooth. Use a sieve to strain out the pulp and transfer the juice to a large bowl or pitcher.
- Use a lime wedge to get the rim of your glass wet. Sprinkle some chili-lime seasoning onto a small plate and dip the rim of the glass in. Pour agua fresca over ice and garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint.