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.
- 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
- Place melon in a blender. Whirl to a puree. Pour into a bowl or pitcher.
- 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.
- MINT AGUA FRESCA:
- 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.
- HONEYDEW-BASIL AGUA FRESCA:
- Follow mint recipe above using basil instead of mint and honeydew melon for the puree.
- STRAWBERRY OR MANGO AGUA FRESCA:
- Use berries or mango instead of melon. Puree fruit and pour through a fine-meshed strainer. Discard pulp.
- Cook’s Tip:
- SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 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.