Cooking with Mandy: Watermelon Agua Fresca

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This summer has seen its fair share of melons!

And it’s no surprise that all the rain we experienced all season long produced some delicious, juicy, sweet watermelons! For the past several weeks, we have received watermelon in our CSA share, and while we do love watermelon, sometimes just eating it plain can get, well plain and boring. So why not jazz up your watermelon and instead of eating it, turn it into a fruity drink!

Watermelon agua fresca, which is just a fancy word for “watermelon water,” is a crisp, refreshing thirst quencher, sure to revitalize you after being outside for even just five minutes in this wave of sticky heat we’ve been under.

Blended up with water, lime juice, and fresh basil, your watermelon can go from dull bowl of cubes to tall pitcher of sweet, pink nectar! As long as your watermelon is fresh and sweet, there’s no need to add sugar to this drink. The lime balances out that summery sweetness of the watermelon and the floraly hint of basil gives this beverage a unique twist. If you don’t have basil, mint would work just as well in this recipe instead. You can even add a touch of vodka to this juice for an adults-only indulgence!

Watermelon Agua Fresca

6-7 cups cubed watermelon (preferably seedless, or if seeded, remove seeds first)

3 cups water, or sparkling water

Juice of 2 limes

½ cup loosely packed basil leaves (or mint leaves)

Optional: vodka (about ½ cup)

In a blender, combine the watermelon and water. Puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a pitcher through a sieve to strain out the pulp. Squeeze in the fresh lime juice and add the fresh basil leaves to the pitcher. Give it a good stir and chill until ready to serve!

**Optional: Once the juice is prepared, add about ½ cup vodka to the mix and stir. Taste and add more according to your preference!

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