Agua Fresca is the perfect beverage, in my opinion, for a sweltering summer day. It is cool and refreshing. The recipe I found for Honeydew and Mint Agua Fresca hits the spot. A mellow melon flavor with a hint of citrus and the refreshing taste of mint. Add to this a light sparkling smoothness as it goes down. Delicious.
I found this recipe on "Williams-Sonoma" website. This recipe makes 12 servings.
Honeydew and Mint Agua Fresca
2 honeydew melons, about 12 lb. total
Juice of 4 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup crushed fresh mint leaves
3 cups sparkling water, chilled
3 lemons, thinly sliced
Ice cubes as needed
10 to 12 fresh mint sprigs for garnish
Cut the honeydew melons in half and remove and discard the seeds. Using a metal spoon, scoop out the flesh into a large bowl. Working in batches, puree the honeydew melon in a blender or food processor.
As each batch is finished, transfer it to another large bowl. Add the lemon juice, sugar and mint leaves to the puree and stir to combine until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours to blend the flavors.
When ready to serve, pour the melon mixture through a medium-mesh sieve into a large pitcher or jar.
Add the sparkling water, lemon slices and ice and stir well. Pour or ladle into glasses and garnish each glass with a mint sprig. Serves 10 to 12.