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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with cantaloupe chunks, plenty of ice, and a sprig of mint.
    All images and text ©The Little Epicurean

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