A perfect drink for hot summer day…Agua fresca is of Mexican origin made with puréed fruit, water, and sugar. Usually strawberry and watermelon are popular flavors, but you can certainly try it with any other fruit of your choice.
4-5 cups watermenlon (cubed, seeded and chilled)
½ -1 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
Ice cubes (or use crushed ice
Puree the water melon along with water, sugar, salt and lemon juice until smooth. Now you have two options, you can either serve it as it is OR you can pour mixture through a strainer, forcing through most of the pulp. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with or without ice cubes.
To choose a watermelon, look for one that is firm, heavy for its size, free of bruises and cuts and creamy yellow on the side that sat on the ground as it grew. Cut watermelon can be stored, covered, in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
The amount of sweetener needed will vary depending on the sweetness of the fruit you are using. Some may not require any at all. You can use sugar substitutes to reduce calories further.