Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca


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
Ingredients:

1 (3 pound) cantaloupe cut into a large dice
3 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar

Directions:

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

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