Our agua fresca, or “fresh water,” is packed with fresh watermelon juice, tart lime juice, and a touch of honey. It’s just the thing to cool you off in the heat of summer!
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Add half of chopped watermelon and half of water to blender jar. Place lid on top of blender and hold firmly in place with folded dish towel. Turn on blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Stop blender and remove lid. Pour mixture into fine-mesh strainer set over pitcher. Use rubber spatula to stir and press on watermelon bits to get out as much juice as possible. Discard solids in strainer.
Add lime juice, honey, and salt to pitcher. Use rubber spatula to stir until well combined.
Agua fresca means “fresh water.” It is the name for a variety of drinks that are made by combining fruits, grains, seeds, or flowers with sugar and water. Some of the most common agua fresca varieties are horchata (made with rice and nuts), agua de Jamaica (made with hibiscus tea), and any variety of melon. We chose watermelon for our recipe and added lime juice, honey, and just a little salt to bring out the sweet and tart flavors. Serve it in a clear glass to show off that color!
Garnishes can add pizzazz to your beverage. Here are a few ideas to get you started.