Refreshing agua frescas are popular in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The beverages are made from fruits blended with sugar and water to make a non-alcoholic drink. Because watermelon is naturally sweet, sugar is added to taste. This Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca is a salute to summer.
Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
1 cup finely chopped watermelon
7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon
6 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup sugar or to taste
2 large limes, one juiced, one thinly sliced
1/4 cup mint sprigs, plus additional for serving
Sparkling water as needed (optional)
Small watermelon wedges or pieces on skewers for garnish
1. Combine watermelon pieces and juice with sugar and lime juice in a large serving pitcher or container. Stir in lime slices and 1/4 cup mint sprigs. Let chill at least 30 minutes to let flavors meld.
2. Fill short glasses two-thirds full of watermelon mixture. Top off with sparkling water if desired. Garnish with watermelon wedges or skewers and mint.
Recipe note: Experiment with other fresh fruits to create your own agua frescas. A splash of rum or vodka will make this drink a spirited adult cocktail.
Adapted from the National Watermelon Promotion Board