Monday, July 19, 2010

Herb Watermelon Agua Fresca

Aguas Frescas are fruit drinks very popular in Mexico. This super simple recipe of "Agua de Sandia" uses a flavored mint syrup for a refreshing twist. If you are in a bold mood you can substitute basil for mint, or experiment with the herbs of your choice. Use the herb syrup to flavor other drinks like mojitos, juices and even sparkling water. You'll need the following ingredients:

For the Agua Fresca:
  • 3 cups of fresh watermelon
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • ice cubes

For the herb syrup:
  • One cup of coarsely chopped mint, basil or other fresh herbs of your choice
  • Half a cup of organic evaporated cane juice sugar
  • One cup of water

Prepare the syrup by boiling the water, herbs and sugar in a small sauce pan. Cook for about five minutes. Strain the syrup and store in a clean glass container. Using a blender puree the fruit and the water, If necessary blend in small batches. Serve in glasses with lots of ice. Just before drinking drizzle a little bit of the syrup and stir.

I hope you are enjoying your summer! I hope to post more recipes about some of my favorite summer drinks. I leave you with this haiku about watermelon:

"Del verano, roja y fria
de sandia"

"Summer's red and cold
of watermelon"

- Haiku by José Juan Tablada (April 3, 1871-August 2, 1945) . Tablada was a Mexican poet, art critic and diplomat. He traveled in Japan where he wrote and translated haiku, introducing the poetic form to Spanish language readers.

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