Watermelon Agua Fresca

Nothing says summer quite like a cool, crisp slice of watermelon.  It would probably be my favorite summer snack if I had to chose just one.  Watermelon is best served cold when it’s just been sliced. It’s inevitable though, at least in my house, that we end up with extra watermelon which starts to get soggy if not eaten within a couple of days.

One of my favorite new ways to use it up is to make Watermelon Agua Fresca.  If you’ve ever been to Mexico or to an authentic Mexican restaurant you may be familiar with this drink which literally translated means “fresh water.”  It’s a simple combination of fresh summer fruit, water, and sugar, if needed.  The possibilities are endless when coming up with your own recipe at home.  You can experiment with DIFFERENT FRUITS, infuse a SIMPLE SYRUP  with FRESH HERBS, add tartness with lemon or lime, or add sparkling water.  Heck you may even want to go crazy and spike your concoction with VODKA or GIN.

I played around with a couple of different combinations but I found that the recipe below is not too sweet, not too tart and perfectly refreshing.  Depending on how sweet your watermelon is you can omit sweetener all together and it will taste just fine.  It’s really a "taste and adjust as you go" kinda drink so have fun with it.  
Ingredients: Makes just about 6 cups
6 cups Watermelon, diced (preferably seedless)
2 cups cold water, divided
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
1 tablespoon agave

1. Place watermelon, agave, lime juice and 1 cup of water in blender and blend on high speed till fruit is completely pureed.

2.  Strain liquid through fine mesh colander.

3.  Add additional cup of water, stir and chill till very cold.

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