Summer is right around the corner! Need a refreshing drink to put on the menu?
How about Watermelon Agua Fresca? Doesn’t that sound perfect!
Hello, fabulous Live Laugh Rowe readers! It’s Samantha, stopping by from Five Heart Home where I blog quick and easy, family-friendly, real food recipes. I also enjoy creating fun, seasonal printables to share with my readers!
I’m beyond thrilled to be guest posting for Kelly, and I can’t wait to share the refreshing, summery treat that I brought over today! So let’s get to it, shall we?
It’s hard to believe how quickly the year is flying by, and ready or not, the official start of summer is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I actually love everything about summertime…well, aside from the fact that it’s approximately 187-degrees in Texas. But fortunately, I can handle that excessive heat just fine as long as I have a frosty, refreshing beverage in hand…and this Watermelon Agua Fresca fits the bill perfectly!
Have you had the pleasure of enjoying an agua fresca before? In Spanish, the term literally means fresh water. In Mexico and Central America, this popular beverage is sold all summer long by street vendors and in various eating establishments. But lucky for us, agua fresca has been Americanized, and most of those incarnations incorporate purreed fruit and sometimes herbs or other natural flavorings with sugar and water.
I can’t think of any fruit that screams summertime more than watermelon, so it seems to me the most appropriate fruit with which to create this beverage. And when I say create, I use that term loosely because recipes don’t get much easier than this! Simply blend cubed watermelon with some water, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and honey. You don’t even need to worry about seeding the watermelon beforehand, because you’re going to be straining the pureed mixture through a fine mesh sieve, and any bits of seed will be captured and discarded!
The resulting icy beverage is light, delicious, and utterly refreshing. The lime juice adds a nice bright undertone to the naturally sweet flavors of the watermelon and honey. If you make this recipe per the directions, your agua fresca will be pretty opaque and watermelon-y. I like to use this as a starting point because, if you prefer your beverage lighter and more watered down, it’s easy to add additional cold water or even seltzer to your glass of watermelon juice.
By starting with chilled ingredients, you may enjoy your agua fresca poured straight from the blender pitcher. But this drink is also tasty over ice! This recipe would be great for using up leftovers from a giant watermelon, and you can certainly play with the ingredients to adjust the proportions and ultimate flavor to your liking.
Can you think of a better beverage to wash down a few tacos or a plate of enchiladas? Or how about a frosty summer sip to ring in the 4th of July? Regardless of how you tweak this recipe, one taste of Watermelon Agua Fresca and it’s sure to become a new summertime staple at your house!
- 5 cups cubed watermelon, chilled
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Add watermelon, water, lime juice, and honey to the pitcher of a blender (divide ingredients between two batches if they won't fit in one).
- Puree until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve or strainer into a pitcher, pressing down on the watermelon pulp with the back of a spoon to push all of the liquid through.
- Refrigerate for an hour or more until chilled.
- Serve as is or over ice. Stir in additional cold water or seltzer if you prefer your agua fresca more watered down
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Before I go, I’ll leave you with an effortless meal that would be the perfect accompaniment to an icy Watermelon Agua Fresca…my Slow Cooker Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) Tacos!
Thanks again for having me today, Kelly and Live Laugh Rowe readers!
I’d be honored to have you stop by Five Heart Home too!