Watermelon Agua Fresca
A dinner out at Cascabel Taqueria (review to come) in New York City inspired us to try making some watermelon agua fresca at home and now Jen is hooked (it's become a thrice weekly ritual). It's so easy to make, I can't believe we've never thought of it. It works with almost any good summer fruit - oranges, limes, grapefuit, berries.
Recipe Card (PDF)Start with a good seedless watermelon (chilled if possible) and cut it into chunks. For about 6 cups of agua fresca, we used about 1/8th of a medium melon. Drop the chunks into a blender (use a good one that can crush ice for the best result) along with 6-10 ice cubes and 1/4 cup of agave (or other sweetener).
Blend on a high crushing speed until near smooth - about 2 minutes - then add an equal amount of chilled seltzer water. Serve in tall glasses with 2 more ice cubes and a spear of watermelon. A good garnish is a sprig of mint or a cool straw (these were Jonathan Adler designed for Pepsi)...now sit back and enjoy!