Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

The weather’s hot, and anything cold and refreshing is very welcome.

 It’s time again for huge, cheap watermelons.  If you find it quite bland, and messy to eat, try Agua Fresca!

Agua Fresca is Spanish for Fresh Water, and it’s sold all over Mexico on stalls, and in restaurants too. You can vary the recipe to suit whatever ingredients you have. It’s very easy to make, and keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

CUCUMBER LIME MINT AGUA FRESCA.

2 average-sized cucumbers, coarsely chopped.

Our home-grown cucumbers need peeling. Then I slice them in half and de-seed them with a teaspoon.

½ cup lime juice.

About 6 mint leaves.

½ cup sugar.

Approx ½ cup water.

Blitz all the ingredients in a blender, then taste.

Add more sugar and water if needed.

You can strain it through a sieve if you’re feeling posh. I like the rustic bits!

Pour over ice cubes, and serve.

 

WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA

4 cups cubed, seeded watermelon.

It took just over half of my huge watermelon.

All the other ingredients are the same.

Again, taste and add more of whatever you fancy.

 

This was a great success, and very refreshing.

 

STRAWBERRY AGUA FRESCA.

6 cups hulled strawberries.

Again, all the other ingredients are the same.

 

HIBISCUS FLOWER AGUA FRESCA.

Try using Elderflowers instead.

¼ cup flowers.

Boil for 2-3 minutes.

All the other ingredients are the same.

As you can see, this recipe is adaptable for practically anything. It’s the blackberry season here soon, so I’m also going to try it with them. And how about celery? I’m also going to make it with nettles for a morning drink. I’ll boil the nettles first. Don’t worry about being exact with the measurements. You’ve got eyes and tastebuds, haven’t you? You can make up a couple of jugfuls and store it in the fridge. It will keep for several days.

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It’s great for barbecues and parties, and it’s very popular with guests who have to drive home as it’s non-alcoholic, although you could add a tot of white rum or vodka.

Children love it, and so do their parents as it doesn’t have any artificial additives.