Tag: Agua Fresca

Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water)

Can’t think of anything more thirst quenching that this on a hot summer day like today – chilled watermelon pureed with water, a squeeze of lime juice over a large glass of ice. Agua fresca is as common in Mexico as ice tea is here in the States. And BONUS, since watermelon is naturally sweet, there’s no need to add any sugar!

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene
and a great choice for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health
benefits, so eat as much as you can, before the summer’s over.

Last weekend I spent a few days out in Montauk for a little
family getaway. It’s only about 2 hours away by car (if you
don’t count traffic) but since it’s on the most eastern tip of Long Island, where
all the highways from NYC merge into one road, there’s always
traffic. It’s worth it though – the beaches, lighthouse, restaurants, shopping  – it’s so much fun!

After a morning at the beach we went to the town to grab some lunch at La Brisa[1]. Aguas frescas, horchata, fish tacos – I was in heaven. Probably had the best ceviche I’ve had in a long time (although a bit overpriced) but I couldn’t stop talking about it all weekend. I had a fish taco and pork taco with the watermelon agua fresca. As I sat there, I kept thinking I can’t believe I don’t have this recipe on my blog. So of course, I came back, bought some watermelon and here it is, tasted exactly like the one I had in La Brisa.

And you may even want to make some skinny fish taco’s[2] to go with it!

Watermelon Agua Fresca
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 1 large cup  • Old Points: 0 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 0 pt
Calories: 73 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 16.5 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Sugar: 15 g
Sodium: 4.5 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon cubes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 thin lime slices, for garnish
  • a few sprigs mint, for garnish
  • ice

Directions:

In the blender combine the watermelon and water and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and garnish with sliced limes and a spring of mint.

To serve, place the ice in each glass and pour the watermelon agua fresca. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and serve.

References

  1. ^ La Brisa (www.tacombi.com)
  2. ^ skinny fish taco’s (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Watermelon Agua Fresca – It’s Like Water, But Fresher!

“Agua Fresca” translates to “Fresh Water,” which is kind of
funny, since it’s made mostly from fresh fruit. Sometimes I do extensive
research into why something has a certain name, but this time, because it’s too nice to stay inside surfing on a computer, I’m just going
to speculate.


I’m guessing that back in the day before modern plumbing and
refrigeration, water may not have always been the best tasting beverage around.
Drinking wine and beer all day is a fantastic alternative, but not necessarily when
you have things to do, and empires to build.

So, they took some stale, tepid water, and freshened it up
with some nice cold, sweet fruit. You have to admit, that sounds pretty plausible. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to
it. The bottom line is, there’s really nothing quite as restorative and
refreshing on a sweltering summer day. I hope you give this delicious agua fresca a try soon. Enjoy!


To make 2 quarts Watermelon Agua Fresca:
5-6 cups freshly scooped watermelon
2 cups cold water
enough simple sugar syrup to sweeten to taste (recipe as
follows)

Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
(you can make any amount by simply using a 1 to 1 ratio, and
heating until the sugar dissolves)

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