Agua Fresca is more than flavoured water – a blend of fruit, water and syrup you can spike with herbs and citrus to create a sophisticated soft drink that makes the most of ripe summer fruit.
Served up by street vendors and Taquerias in Central and South America, Aguas Frescas are refreshing fruit based drinks – puréed fruit and water in its simplest form. Sweetened if needed with sugar, agave nectar or honey.
We took inspiration from a collection of jewel coloured Aguas frescas on offer at a Mexican restaurant on our recent holiday to Florida. Bursting with flavour and a perfect complement to spicy foods on hot days.
We use simple syrup to sweeten our fruit purées. This allows us to infuse herb or citrus flavours into the drink. In this watermelon agua Fresca we add mint and muddle in some lime.
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves ( plus extra for garnish)
1 large, ripe watermelon – peeled, chopped and deseeded
Heat the sugar in the water in a pot until the sugar melts.
Add the mint leaves and heat till simmering then remove from heat, allow to cool completely.
Purée the watermelon in a blender.
Mix with the cooled syrup and add extra water to dilute if needed. What you want is a fruity juice not a smoothie.
Quarter the limes and put them into the jug with the juice. Muddle with the handle of a wooden spoon.
Chill in refrigerator till ready to serve.
Add ice cubes and extra mint, lime or slices of melon to garnish.
More fruity soft drinks –
Guava Coconut Mocktail from Bintu
and this Raspberry lemonade from Lucy