This drink is the embodiment of summer! My original plan was to get the recipe up before July 4, but *coughs* I’m not sure what happened. I’ll go ahead and blame it on Congress. Anyway, if you love watermelon and fruity beverages, then look no further.
This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light’s “Minted Lemon-Lime Watermelon Agua Fresca” recipe that appears in the June 2011 issue.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
- 2 tbs coarsely chopped mint leaves
- 1 tsp grated lime rind
- 1 tsp grated lemon rind
- 6 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
- 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves (approximately 30 seconds), stirring frequently, and remove from heat.
- Add the mint, lime rind, and lemon rind. Let the mixture steep for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth over a bowl, and discard the solids.
- Place the sugar syrup and watermelon in a blender, and process until smooth. (Be mindful of your blender\'s liquid limits; process in batches if necessary.)
- Stir in lime and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve, or pour over ice if serving immediately.