Watermelon Aqua Fresca?
I have a couple melons from our CSA and was thinking I'd make a pitcher of Aqua Fresca. We love aqua fresca but must confess I've never made it at home....
Watermelon, water, sugar, lime. Anything else? What's a good proportion of fruit to water?
Blend fruit, water, sugar and strain then add lime juice? Is that good for the basic technique?
Honestly, if your watermelon is sweet, you don't even need sugar. I blend up watermelon all the time and sometimes don't even strain it. I usually don't add anything, just drink it pure. It's fantastic and very refreshing!
I made a weatermelon granita that was a big hit:
4 cups or so of watermelon
juice of 1 lemon
about 2/3 cup sugar
Squeeze the juice from the melon (I did this by hand over a mesh strainer) , add the lemon juice and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. place in a glass baking dish and put in the freezer. Eevry hous or so for the first 3-4 hours, "rake" the ice with a fork or spoon to break up the ice and make the consistency somewhat flaky. That's it !
Thanks everyone. I pureed it with just a bit of baker's sugar, strained and added some lime juice. I did add just a little water as well will probably leave that out next time.
Tasty and very refreshing on yet another scorching Phoenix evening!
I've been making it a lot lately, and actually I usually don't even bother to strain (or strain with a pretty wide strainer, so it just catches the seeds) because I like to have the bits of watermelon in there. A pinch of salt is also a good addition too....and it's great with a glug of vodka.
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I tried the epicurious recipe for watermelon-ginger aqua fresca the other day, and it was very refreshing. The hint of ginger was a very nice touch. We had it straight and with a bit of tequila, if you haven't sworn off tequila after a night of excess as a teenager, well, it is very good with this recipe.