Aguas frescas consist of blended fruits, seeds, herbs, and flowers, with sugar and water to create refreshing non-alcoholic drinks the whole family can enjoy. They are an excellent way to imbibe the flavors of the season in a cold and refreshing way.
While most call for a simple syrup, I prefer to keep the sugar down and rely on the natural sweetness of fruit. Where a simple syrup typically calls for a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar, I opt for a 2:1 ratio.
This last weekend, I served this watermelon agua fresca at a backyard barbecue and it went down a treat. So here, I am sharing the recipe for your next festive gathering. Or just to enjoy after a hot day working around the house. Enjoy!
1/2 watermelon, chunked and de-seeded
6 limes, juiced
1 handful of fresh mint
1/2 c water
1/4 c sugar
1 jalapeño pepper, minced and half seeds removed (or no seeds for milder flavor)
Combine water and sugar in saucepan over a moderate heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to light simmer. Add mint leaves, pressing down to fully immerse all leaves. Remove from heat and leave covered to steep for 15 minutes.
Using a high powered blender, puree watermelon. Grab a 1-gallon pitcher and press puree through a mesh strainer over pitcher, removing pulp. Puree jalapeño pepper with spoonful of water. Add to watermelon and whisk to combine. Add lime juice and whisk again.
Discard mint from simple syrup. Stir mint simple syrup into pitcher. Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes so flavors can marry.
Stir well before serving over ice and garnishing with fresh mint and lime (optional).
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