Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca

Published by Bonnie on

This Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca makes great use of your over-ripened watermelon or strawberries.  We recently purchased a huge watermelon, only to get it cut open and discover that it was already breaking down.  So, I decided to follow the old advice, “when life gives you lemons…” make agua fresca!

Agua frescas come from the spanish tradition and are popular drinks in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  They can be made primarily with fruits or even grains and are not typically overly sweet.

Our mexican neighbors made some horchata for their daughter’s birthday party.  Horchata is an agua fresca made from rice and vanilla. It was different but very, very good!

Agua Fresca with watermelon

The only equipment you need for this agua fresca is a blender and a small wire sieve to strain out the juice.

Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca

Course Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 quarts
Author Bonnie Hershey

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 of one large watermelon
  • 5-6 large ripe strawberries
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced about 1 1/2 Tablespoons
  • 2 TBL honey We use raw, local honey.

Instructions

  • Scoop out the red 'meat' (seeds and all) from the watermelon into a blender. (If it's a large watermelon, you can do this in batches as well.)
  • Add 2 cups of water and blend well.
  • Place your wire sieve over a large pitcher and pour the juice through it, straining out the pulp and seeds.
  • Repeat with remaining watermelon and 2 cups water, this time adding in the strawberries, lime juice, mint leaves and honey. Blend all together.
  • Strain into the pitcher.
  • Mix batches together inside the pitcher and sweeten to your liking.
  • Serve cold or over ice!

 


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