I discovered agua frescas during a recent trip to San Francisco. I was standing on line at Mijita in the Ferry Building, looking over the menu, when I spied three massive drink dispensers filled with delicious looking fruit drinks in strawberry, melon, and watermelon flavors. I chose watermelon and it was served non-fussily in a large plastic tumbler. The watermelon agua fresca was fruity without being cloyingly sweet, the perfect complement to my pork soft tacos.
Cinco de Mayo tends to be an excuse to indulge in way too many margaritas, something I’ve definitely been guilty of doing in years past. But this year, why not take your version of this healthy and refreshing fruit drink? We made Watermelon Agua Frescas last night and fought over the last drop in the pitcher. Watermelons in the supermarket are incredibly cheap right now: $3.50 at Trader Joe’s and $5.50 at the Jewel for a large seedless watermelon. It makes whipping up a pitcher of agua fresca cheaper than pouring a glass of Tropicana.
We enjoyed our agua fresca with grilled lamb chops and Mexican style roasted corn. My mouth is still all tingly and happy from all those zingy fresh tastes!
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Half of a regular (not baby) watermelon
juice of 2 lemons
2 cups of water
1/3 cup of sugar
- Cut the watermelon into large chunks. Don’t worry about seeds.
- Put the watermelon in a blender. Pour the water in the blender. Pulse to liquify.
- Add the sugar and the lemon juice. Pulse a few more times to mix.
- Strain into a pitcher. Use the strainer with the tightest mesh you have, you will have a lot of pulp and you want to remove it all, leaving only the fresh juice.
- Put some ice in your pitcher and serve immediately.