Hi wonderful people!
The sun is finally starting to shine in the UK and we are definitely feeling the heat. So to cool down this past weekend, I decided to try making a drink that I’ve been dying to try.
Watermelon is a summer staple because of its refreshing qualities and what could be more refreshing than a watermelon drink?! The one I tried my hand at was Agua Fresca, which is a mexican drink that can be made with any type of melon.
I used various sources on the web and roughly based this on the recipe by Martha Rose Shulman (find here).
For the Agua Fresca:
1 whole baby watermelon (I find its a nice size)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons of lime juice (fresh would be best)
Roughly chop the watermelon and blend in a blender until thoroughly blitzed.
Other recipes state that you can used the mixture as is, but as I wanted a ‘juice’ I put the mixture through a sieve, making sure to get all the liquid out. It doesn’t matter if you get a little bit of pulp in the juice, but most of it should be removed.
Add sugar and lime and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Serve in a glass on its own with lots of ice, or add some lemonade/sparkling water to make a longer drink.
Sadly, I found that as a soft drink, although refreshing, it wasn’t to die for. However the cocktail I made with the Agua Fresca was DELISH!
To make this into a cocktail: Using a smaller glass topped with ice, fill the glass halfway with the agua fresca mix, add a shot of Mango Vodka (I used Absolut, but any spirit will do, rum is also good) and top with lemonade or sparkling water.
Super simple, but super tasty!!
I definitely prefer this as a cocktail, so refreshing and summery. If you can get your hands on Mango Vodka, do, as the watermelon really brings out its flavours!
Give this a go and I’d love to see how your drinks turn out.