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Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Forget about sports drinks and sodas. When I need something cool and refreshing, I grab an agua fresca! A simple mixture of fruit puree, water, lime juice and a dash of sugar and you've got the perfect summertime drink.

Yield: about 2 liters

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 10 cups cantaloupe (about 2 medium cantaloupes), cut into chunks
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 5 Tablespoons granulated sugar, or more according to taste
  • ice, for serving
  • mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree cantaloupe until smooth.  Pour through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth) to separate the pulp*.  You should end up with about 4 1/2 cups strained juice.  Discard pulp, or freeze into ice cubes for your drink.

  2. Pour liquid cantaloupe into a large pitcher. Add water and lime juice. Stir to comine. Sweetened with sugar according to taste. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.

  3. Serve with cantaloupe chunks, plenty of ice, and a sprig of mint.

    All images and text ©The Little Epicurean

Recipe Notes

  • I like to strain the puree twice to get a nice clear liquid. 
  • I personally like to add salt to all my fruits, so I add a pinch of salt to my agua fresca. I think it helps bring out the bright flavors of the fruit. 

All images and text ©The Little Epicurean