A huge pitcher of this thirst-quenching Watermelon and Mint Aguas Frescas will cool you down on a hot summer’s day.
With the hottest summer day since Boxing Day, 2007 forecast for over the weekend, I made preparations to battle the heat. Lots of ice cream sandwiches and popsicles in the freezer, no plans to go anywhere and enough watermelon to make a big jug of this Watermelon and Mint Aguas Frescas.
Aguas frescas, which is Spanish for “fresh waters”, is a popular beverage in Mexico and the United States. Sweet or sour fruits, seeds and flowers are blended with sugar and water to create a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink. Typically, fruit is blended with water then strained to create a light drink. Some recipes skip the straining step and just serve the blended fruit over ice.
I decided to go a different route altogether. I juiced the watermelon and mint together in my juicer, then mixed in the water and lime juice. The watermelons have been particularly sweet of late, so I didn’t add additional sugar to my mixture. If your fruit is not particularly sweet, add some extra sugar to balance the lime.
If you don’t own a juicer, blend all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor then strain to remove the pulp. Press down on the pulp to remove as much juice as possible, then chill well prior to to serving.
Feel free to substitute rock melon or honeydew if watermelon is not your thing. All will give you a lovely end result. Our aguas frescas was light, refreshing and perfect for a hot summer’s day. And it got The Princess’s seal of approval. I must be on the right track.
Watermelon & Mint Aguas Frescas
- 1 kg watermelon chopped, 2 1/4 pounds
- 5 sprigs mint
- 1 cup cold water
- Juice of 1 lime
- slices Ice lime and mint leaves to serve
- Juice the watermelon and mint in a juicer.
- Stir in the water and lime juice.
- Cool until required.
- Serve over ice with slices of lime.
- Garnish with extra mint leaves.