Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Agua Fresca de Melon

Adapted from Internet recipes. Summer, 2008. An always-welcome refreshing drink on hot summer days.
5 c (1,135 g) cubed and seeded melon (from about 3 pounds melon; see Note)
1/2 to 3/4 c sugar 
1/3 to 1/2 c lime juice
8 c cold water, divided
In a blender, whirl melon, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup water until very smooth. Pour into a large pitcher (at least 3 quart). Whisk in 1/3 cup lime juice, 7 cups water, and add more sugar and lime juice to taste. Chill until cold. Serve over ice. Makes about 2 1/2 quarts.
Note: Very ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon all make delicious aguas frescas.