I was surprised to find an email in my inbox from my husband requesting that Edible Experiments make a Watermelon Aqua Fresca. He included a bunch of different recipes that he had found. He makes me laugh. I love him. Well, Benjamin, here it is! A beautiful, red, refreshing, cold, wonderful Aqua Fresca, just in time for Fourth of July. It was amazing!
Spanish for “fresh water”, an Agua Fresca is a cold, refreshing fruit drink most common in Mexico. It is basically liquefied fruit with water and it is perfect for a hot summers day. All you need to do is add blue Kool-Aid ice cubes, and it becomes a festive July Fourth treat.
- 1 C. very cold water
- 4 C. cold, ripe watermelon chunks, seedless
- 1 TBSP. freshly squeezed lime juice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 TBSP sugar, or to taste (optional)
- Blue Kool-Aid
- Pour blue Kool-Aid into an ice cube tray and let freeze.
- Place the water, watermelon, lime juice, salt, and sugar in a blender and puree the fruit well. About 30 seconds. Watermelon liquefies really quickly.
- Taste the agua fresca and add more lime juice or sugar if needed. Remember that it should be light and refreshing, so don’t add too much. I thought it was great without adding anything more.
- Chill for at least and hour. The longer the better. Just before serving, stir the drink to blend. Pour into chilled glasses, add the ice cubes, and drink at once.
*Watermelon-cucumber Variation: Follow the recipe above, replacing 1 Cup of the watermelon cubes with 3/4 of a medium cucumber peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped.
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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY
Recipe adapted from Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Classic and Contemporary Recipes by Adam Ried