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Watermelon Agua Frescas

Posted by Peggy on August 2, 2010

Watermelon Agua Frescas
Recipe: Watermelon Agua Frescas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks (1 medium-sized melon)
  • Zest and juice of 3-4 limes (1/2 cup lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint, plus extra leaves for garnish if using
  • 2-4 cups mineral water
  • 1 orange, cut into slices for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make a simple syrup by dissolving sugar in 2 1/2 cups hot water. Stir until the sugar has completely incorporated into hot water. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Cut watermelon into 1-inch cubes.
  3. In a blender or food processor, working in batches if necessary, combine 1 cup simple syrup with watermelon, 6 tablespoons lime juice and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture through a strainer into a container or pitcher, pressing on the pulp with a spatula to extract all juice. Discard pulp and add 2 cups mineral water to remaining juice. Taste and add additional simple syrup, lime juice and mineral water to taste. Refrigerate until chilled. (At this point, recipe may be made up to 48 hours in advance.)
  5. Prior to serving, stir in chopped mint. Serve with crushed ice or ice cubes, if desired. Garnish glasses with orange wedges and mint sprigs, if using.

Number of servings (yield): 10 cups

Time: 20 minutes (plus additional time to chill simple syrup and agua fresca)

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