With the days being warmer and spending more time outside it is nice to have a cool refreshing beverage to drink. This year, I am trying to steer away from sugary drinks for the kids. A little sugar or honey is fine but I want to avoid the cokes, overly sweet teas, etc.
I recently have developed a fascination with agua frescas. They are so simple to make and taste so delicious and refreshing. Best of all - they are naturally sweet. Today, I made some Cantaloupe Agua Fresca. I just took about a 3 pound melon, diced it and put it in a blender with some water. I strained the cantaloupe to remove the pulp. Pour the juice into a pitcher, add a little sugar and some lemon juice. Stir, chill, pour over ice and you have yourself a tasty and refreshing beverage.
Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
1 (3 pound) cantaloupe cut into a large dice
3 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1. Process the cantaloupe in batches with a small amount of the water. Strain the cantaloupe puree using a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher.
2. Add the remaining water, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well.
3. Chill for about 1 hour. Taste and add more sugar if necessary. Serve over ice.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts