Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Colorful Paletas and Aguas Frescas

Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend this year which gives us an even greater excuse to celebrate with fun, colorful drinks. While that’s fun for the adults, there’s no reason to keep the kids from getting involved. Using a holiday like Cinco de Mayo is a fantastic way to get the kids excited about healthy, fruity drinks like Mexican aguas frescas.

I have a beautiful little cookbook that I discovered last spring, right in time for Cinco de Mayo. Paletas, Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice, and Aguas Frescas is chock-full of inspiration for a rainbow of fruit treats. Paletas de Fresas (strawberry and lemon ice pops, Roasted Banana ice pops, and even spiced tomato tequila ice pops. A Zoku pop maker makes these a breeze, but freezing them in other pop containers also works well.

Watermelon agua fresca is a drink I started making last Cinco de Mayo, and kept right on making all summer long. It is fruity, refreshing, and easy to make. Try a batch this weekend and you’ll be welcoming warm weather and the barbecue season in a delicious and memorable way. Enjoy!

Watermelon Agua Fresca
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This fruity Mexican drink is incredibly refreshing and pretty to look at too.
Serves: 1 pitcher
  • Half of a regular (not baby) watermelon
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups of water
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  1. Cut the watermelon into large chunks. Don’t worry about removing the seeds, you will strain them out later.
  2. Put the watermelon in a blender. Pour the water in the blender. Pulse to liquify.
  3. Add the sugar and the lemon juice. Pulse a few more times to mix.
  4. 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.
  5. Put some ice in your pitcher and serve immediately.
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Serving size: tall glass

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