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Agua Frescas

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I have definitely been overindulging recently. The excitement of sunny days has brought everyone out of hibernation and as a result, it's been a very social few weeks. Yesterday morning, after hosting my bookclub, I craved something clean, fresh and most importantly, thirst quenching! I wanted to gear up for Cinco de Mayo without mixing margaritas or frying tortillas. Agua Frescas, the most refreshing and tasty drinks imaginable, were the perfect antidote to my late nights. 




Watermelon Agua Fresca

Serves 4

Ingredients:

5 cups of fresh, ripe watermelon, seeds removed

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup water

1-2 tablespoons agave nectar for sweetening, optional

Method:

1. In a blender on high, add watermelon and lemon juice and puree till smooth. 

2. Strain juice over a mesh sieve into another bowl.

3. Add in water and refrigerate. This can be made a day in advance. Be sure to shake before serving.



Cantaloupe and Mint Agua Fresca

Serves 4

Ingredients:

5 cups of fresh, ripe cantaloupe, seeds removed

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, not packed (just a small handful)

1 cup water

2-3 tablespoons agave nectar for sweetening, optional


Method:

1. In a blender on high, add cantaloupe and lemon juice and puree till smooth. Next add in mint leaves and pulse till incorporated.

2. Strain juice over a mesh sieve into another bowl.

3. Add in water and agave nectar to taste then refrigerate. This can be made a day in advance. Be sure to shake before serving.

 

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