Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Minted Lemon-Lime Watermelon Agua Fresca

Cool, refreshing and a drink that just screams "summer"! Not in a loud and obnoxious way, more like soft, gentle, "I'm thirsty but I don't want a really overly-sweet-and-filled-with-sugar drink." This beverage will quench your thirst and make you smile on a hot day.

Just look at the ingredients, fresh, juicy and just 1/4 cup of sugar.

The mint, lemon and lime rind are infused with the water and sugar. Then it's strained to be added to the puréed watermelon.

My first watermelon of the season, it wasn't really ruby red but it was very sweet.

My 16-year-old commented that the mint flavor was a little strong for his tastes. If you're not a big fan, you may consider cutting back a bit on the mint. I could easily see making popsicles from this or even a sorbet. Lots of different options for summer. Enjoy!

Minted Lemon-Lime Watermelon Agua Fresca
Adapted slightly from Cooking Light

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 12 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine 1 1/4 cups water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 30 seconds or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat; stir in mint, lime rind, and lemon rind. Let stand 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
Place watermelon in blender or food processor, process until smooth. Pour puree through strainer to remove pulp and little seeds. Mix watermelon juice and sugar syrup together in blender. Stir in lime and lemon juice. Serve over ice, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 1 cup); Calories 108 per serving

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