Grab a watermelon and enjoy a cool and refreshing glass of agua fresca this summer.
With temperatures steadily rising and the lingering June gloom finally giving way to hotter and hotter days, that means summer is officially underway and refreshments are in order! Icy beverages are a must for the next few months and an agua fresca is the perfect choice.
Agua frescas are made for this time of year. Refreshing and simple to make, they’re an easy pick for a warm weather drink you can make ahead of time and have on hand in the fridge.
Agua frescas start with fresh fruit that’s blended or muddled into water, then sweetened, left to infuse and served icy cold, resulting in a drink that’s as refreshing as a glass of lemonade or iced tea on a hot day.
Watermelon, hibiscus and lime lend their flavors to this version that’s sweet, tart and incredibly thirst-quenching. Both watermelon and hibiscus are traditional in agua frescas, but here they’re combined to create a cooling combination that’s a bit of a twist on the original.
Watermelon of course is a natural choice, since it’s largely water and naturally sweet, hibiscus on the other hand is a dried flower used to make tea and has a naturally tart flavor. A squeeze of lime adds a nice hint of sourness making the agua fresca even more refreshing. It’s a combination of flavors that’s sophisticated enough to please the adult crowd while also appealing to kids.
I like a bit of honey here for the sweetener but you can use any number of natural sweeteners like, maple syrup, agave or even stevia if you prefer to keep it vegan. It starts by making the hibiscus tea, then blending in the ripest watermelon you can find and straining into a large jar or pitcher. To that you’ll add your lime juice, zest, sweetener and more watermelon, this time in chunks. Then the whole mixture is left to chill and infuse in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Make a batch for your next barbecue, picnic, get-together or just to keep in the fridge when the temperatures get too hot to bear.