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Sparkling Agua Fresca Recipe

Sparkling Agua Fresca

Serves 6 to 8
Summer refreshment doesn’t get any better than agua fresca or “fresh water,” a popular drink in Mexico. Ripe melon is a common fruit, but you can also use a puree of mango, pineapple, cucumber, or berries. These should be strained to remove the pulp before making into a beverage. For an adult “cocktail,” add a splash of rum, tequila, or vodka.

Ingredients:

  • 5 - 6 cups cubed watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups Metropolitan Market Sparkling Water or cold water
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • Simple syrup (See Cook’s Tips) or other sweetener, to taste (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves or lime slices

Directions:

  1. Place melon in a blender. Whirl to a puree. Pour into a bowl or pitcher.
  2. Add sparkling water, lime juice and simple syrup or other sweetener. Taste and add more lime juice or simple syrup. Serve garnished with mint leaves or lime slices.
  3. VARIATIONS:
  4. MINT AGUA FRESCA:
  5. In a saucepan combine 1/4 cup mint leaves, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cool, then chill. Strain to remove mint leaves. Stir mint syrup, to taste, into melon puree along with water.
  6. HONEYDEW-BASIL AGUA FRESCA:
  7. Follow mint recipe above using basil instead of mint and honeydew melon for the puree.
  8. STRAWBERRY OR MANGO AGUA FRESCA:
  9. Use berries or mango instead of melon. Puree fruit and pour through a fine-meshed strainer. Discard pulp.
  10. Cook’s Tip:
  11. SIMPLE SYRUP:
  12. Bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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