Just a little something to quench your thirst if you are suffering like me in this unbearable heat. Sorry if you are in the rain somewhere but you can pretend it’s sunny and cheer yourself up with this refreshingly tropical drink if you like.
When it is this hot all I seem to do all day is drink water. Water is good but I do get a bit bored of it after a while. Agua Frescas are fruit based non alcoholic punches popular in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is basically just pureed fruit with water, lime juice and honey to sweeten. This is a non alcoholic version because I wanted something refreshing to drink during the day but I’m sure a little vodka or rum would make it into a lovely cocktail.
I kept the watermelon rinds to make watermelon pickle. The recipe will follow in my next post.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Makes 1 big pitcher/jug. Vegan, gluten-free
Prep time: 20 mins
- 2 kg (4 pound) watermelon (1 small/med)
- 250-300 ml (1+1/2 cups) cold water
- 1 +1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1 +1/2 tsp honey
- ice cubes, lime slices & mint sprigs to serve
Cut the watermelon into quarters then slice into inch wide triangles/wedges. Cut the flesh from the rind leaving a little pink on (if you would like to make watermelon pickle with them). Blend the flesh in four batches with about 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) of water each time until smooth.
Carefully pour the blended watermelon through a sieve into your pitcher/jug and press out any extra juice from the pulp collected in the sieve with a spatula. Continue with the rest. You may want to add a little more water to the finished juice.
Add the lime juice and honey, mix well and taste. Add more lime/honey as required. Store covered in the fridge. Serve over lots of ice with lime slices and sprigs of mint as garnish.
Keep the rinds for the watermelon pickle recipe that follows in my next post.