We are a big and strange family. And we love it. Friends are the family you choose, aren’t they?! I can really count on some friends with all capital letters… Sandra, this is for you, huh. If by chance you had not figured it out!
So it happens that we often find ourselves together to laugh, joke, pet cats and, of course, to eat.
As I was preparing lunch, we decided to wait with a cool drink, disarming for its speed and goodness.
[I would have gladly added some alcohol… Maybe Rum but also Tequila, more suitable to the occasion. NO, for those who are asking, I do not REALLY have added washer fluid. U___U]
In the meantime, let me say that I cut the palm of my left hand with a bad-bad knife and that I was instantly brought to the emergency room, to have ten stitches in return, and that this accident did not affect the outcome of the lunch. Hooray!
However, back to the recipe I wanted to talk about, the drink is typical Mexican (but clearly present in all of Central America, the Caribbean and even the United States) and is often served from large barrel-shaped glass containers.
It is called Agua Fresca or Agua de Frutas and even in India there’s a similar watermelon drink, named Tarbooj Ka Sharbat.
Extremely refreshing, it can replace the traditional summer lemonade and can have multiple variants: infinite combinations of fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds mixed with sugar and water. The most common flavours? watermelon, tamarind, hibiscus, and horchata.
Obviously, it is also perfectly suited to children parties, instead of artificial sweetened drinks or fruit juices.
Oh guys… So Yummy!
1kg of watermelon (rind removed), seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Juice of 3 limes or 2 lemons
1 large bunch of fresh mint (for the more daring: try the basil!)
½ liter of still or sparkling water
10 minutes preparation + 30 minutes in the fridge
Kilokalories per serving:
Degree of Difficulty:
Meanwhile, some tips to choose a good watermelon (trivial for someone, essential for others): look for one that is firm, heavy for its size (because that means that it’s ripe), free of bruises and cuts and creamy yellow on the side that sat on the ground as it grew.
That said, open your watermelon, remove the peel, have the patience to remove all the black seeds and cut into small pieces.
In a blender, add the water, your watermelon, sugar and lime juice until it is smooth.
Traditionally, an authentic agua fresca is made without blenders and done by simply mashing the fruit with a fork or masher, before adding the water and sweetener.
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, forcing through most of the pulp.
Chill at least 30 minutes and serve it with ice cubes and some fresh mint.
Or, to honor the Margarita cocktail, in a suitable glass (Margarita cup, in the shape of inverted sombrero), decorating the profile with sugar instead of salt.