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Aug 14, 2007 11:34 AM

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?


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  1. 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!

    1. Yep, blend n' strain. Make a simple syrup, you can flavor it with the lime zest if you like. I don't normally add water. then finish with the lime.


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      1. re: AAQjr

        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 !

      2. 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!

        1. 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.

          1. Here is a new recipe for Watermelon-Ginger Aqua Fresca from epicurious.I haven't tried this yet but looks good:


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            1. re: Mint Chip

              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.