Watermelon Agua Fresca

Subtly sweet, from the bodegas of Central America.

Ingredients:

This recipe makes 8-10 8 oz. servings

  • 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon, divided
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 liter bottle club soda, chilled
  • 2-3 limes, sliced
Utensils:
  • Blender
  • Coarse strainer
  • 1 large refrigerator-safe container
  • 8-10 8oz. glasses

Directions:

  1. Combine 4 cups watermelon, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar in blender, pureeing until smooth.
  2. Pour through a coarse strainer into a large container.
  3. Repeat with remaining watermelon, water, and sugar.
  4. Stir in lime juice.
  5. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or until chilled.
  6. To serve, stir in club soda and garnish with lime.

Tips:

  • You can make this drink up to 2 days ahead of time. Just puree all the watermelon, sugar, and water and keep refrigerated in the container.
  • Experiment with other fruits if watermelon isn't your favorite: Mango, strawberries, cantaloupe or honeydew are all good options.
Sources: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/watermelon_agua_fresca.html