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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Posted by uprootkitchen
July 17, 2017
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This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.

This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.

By, Marisa Westbrook


This simple combination of watermelon, cold water, and lime juice transforms into a delightful Watermelon Agua Fresca without additional sugar. Perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.

Is there anything better than juicy watermelon by the slice after a dinner outside? Whether it be grilled chicken or a snack plate of hummus and veggies, summer food can always be capped off with a plate of watermelon. I urge you to eat your fill of this delicious, hydrating fruit, and consider saving a few cups of cubed watermelon for this simple no sugar added beverage.

This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.


Instead of adding additional sugar or flavoring, we are relying on the supersweet flavor of watermelon at its peak, so be sure you're using a ripe, heavy watermelon. I pick them by lifting them at the grocery store to find a heavy one, as well as checking that there is a large spot where the watermelon rested on the field as it grew that is creamy yellow.

This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.


With this fresh watermelon, chilled water, lime juice and ice cubes, you can have an instantly fresh watermelon agua fresca that the whole family will love. Top it with seltzer water for a bubbly version. Roll the top of the glass in sugar and chili powder for a fun mocktail idea. Or, grab your favorite tequila and make a pitcher to share with chips and guac.

For more seasonal meal ideas and grocery shopping inspiration, check out my monthly Seasonal Produce Lists on Uproot Kitchen. Enjoy and be well!
 

This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.

This Watermelon Agua Fresca from @uprootkitchen is perfect for summer sipping! @healthyaperture
This Watermelon Agua Fresca is perfect for summer sipping, to use up an excess of watermelon, or to use as a cocktail mixer.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups ripe seedless watermelon, cubed and chilled
  • 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Optional: seltzer water

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine watermelon cubes, water, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.

  2. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the agua fresca into a small pitcher. Discard any solids or foam the strainer collected.

  3. Serve the watermelon agua fresca immediately over ice. Top with some seltzer water if desired for a bubbly version.

  4. For a fun chili sugar rimmed glass, combine 2 tablespoons sugar with a big pinch of chili powder and a small pinch of salt. Roll rims of glasses in the mixture before pouring drinks.

    Notes: If using room temperature watermelon, I recommend letting the agua fresca chill in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. The fruit will settle so give it a shake before serving. Extras will keep in the fridge up to 4 days.
     
Click for nutritional information
Calories 49
Carbohydrates 12.5g
Fiber 0.5g
Sugar 9.8g
Fat 0.3g
Protein 1.0g
Sodium 2mg
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Marisa Westbrook is the Features Editor of the COOKING IN SEASON column on HealthyAperture. She is a public health professional, recipe developer and food photographer inspired by fresh, local produce. Visit her website Uproot Kitchen for simple and healthy recipes made with whole ingredients, monthly seasonal produce lists and urban gardening posts.
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