If, like me, you wistfully bought a watermelon recently, because it’s still warm where you live and you’re in denial about the sun setting earlier each day, only to find that the watermelon was only holding up a good face on the outside but inside its wan and pale flesh knows that summer is truly over – let me cheer you up with some agua fresca.
This is the perfect complement to my how-to-pick-a-melon post, because it’s far, far better to drink a mediocre melon in sweet, cool agua fresca form than to choke down tasteless pieces because you don’t want to waste the melon.
Agua fresca is awesomely easy and crazy refreshing. I would never hope for a dud melon. But sipping on this agua fresca, I’m glad I got one.
Pile up the offending melon cubes in a blender with sugar and water. Blend until smooth.
Serve over ice, with fresh mint, if you have it, or slices of lime.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
When life gives you a mediocre watermelon, a refreshing glass of agua fresca will make you glad it did. Adapted from Food Network.
- 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
- 1/2 cup water (or saved watermelon juice)
- 1/4 cup sugar (could be less or more depending on your watermelon and your taste)
- Fresh mint, optional
- Lime (slices or wedges), optional
- In a blender, add watermelon, sugar and water. Blend until smooth.
- Fill glasses with ice and fill with agua fresca. Garnish with mint and/or lime.
- You can make this with other melons too, but you’ll need more water for firmer melons, and likely more sugar.
- Agua fresca doesn’t keep well, so go ahead and drink it the day you make it.
Here’s the link to a printable version.