Agua de Melón
In Mexico and many other parts of North, Central and South America, when you as for water (‘agua’), you are asked to specify what flavor you’d like – the most common being cantaloupe, watermelon, and jamaica (hibiscus). You have to specify that you’d like the “natural” water if what you’re asking for is plain ol’ water.
If you find yourself with an excess of melon this summer, or if you're just in the mood for a delicious and nutritious beverage check out the following recipes for Agua de Melón below. Basically, it’s water, melon, and sweetener all blended up together. It is the epitome of refreshing.
- 4 cups (packed) fresh melon (such as cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon—peeled, and seeded, as appropriate)
- 1/2 cup water, plus more if necessary
- 1/4 cup sugar, honey or other sweetener, to taste
- 2 About 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus more if desired [optional]
Adapted from fronterafiesta.com
Scoop the fruit into a blender, then add the water, sugar and lime. Blend until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to achieve a light, easy-to-drink consistency. Taste and season with more sweetener and lime if you think necessary. You can add extra flavorings (mint to honeydew, orange juice to cantaloupe, and blended raspberries to watermelon) if you like. Refrigerate to chill or serve over ice.