Watermelon Aq(g)ua Fresca (Juice/Drink) Recipe
The only advantage I find during the Summer, is the lack of appetite for anything solid. I just feel like gulping down gallons and gallons of water, juice, shakes or any liquid based diet! And if you can serve it to me chilled, my parched throat will thank you for it. Its also an another incentive for me to gorge on fruits (cos I ain't eating those good things otherwise! bad me I know!). If you have read this space before, you would be aware of my allergy for the sun! Yes! I am weird - dint you know that? Out of all of all the vacations that we have enjoyed, the only place I was busy moping and cursing was in - cough - ahem! HAWAII! There, I said it! Can you believe that? I know and am fully aware of the "ooooh's" and "aaaah's" it always seem to invoke in people but for me, all that sun - strict No No. While everyone were busy giving themselves that "gorgeous" tan, I was busy making myself the walking advertisement for a Sun Block cream! Not that it did me any good - My weird anti-social (to the sun, I mean) skin was all itchy, blotched, red and peeling right on the 2nd day of the vacation! Trust me! You don't want to be around me that time! :)
Watermelon Aq(g)ua Fresca (Juice/Drink) Recipe
May be I was a vampire or something in my previous birth (Now waittaminute! Do those things even have this cycle of births!!! Don't they like live -"forever"! Boring I say!) - I dunno! I just am not cut out for that and love cooler places. So when the Sun started "blessing" everyone around me and all were rejoicing away on the streets, yours truly was sitting quietly in the shade and sipping - Aguas Frescas :) Agua Fresca is a Mexican boon to parched throats. "Aguas" in Spanish means "water" and "Frescas" meaning "Fresh". Its a famous drink often sold by street vendors there although its now available even in high class Mexican restaurants. Humble with a mighty status, it sure seems to have earned for itself :) Watermelon Aq(g)ua Fresca (Juice/Drink) Recipe Its a simple juice made with variety of flavors - tamarind, fruits, seeds or flowers. The array is mind boggling. For today, I have made Watermelon Agua Fresca - simply said, Watermelon Juice. Watermelon has a cooling property and its immense water content is a boon during this hot season. Especially in place like India - this drink will seem like nectar from heavens! The trick to making a classic Agua fresca is to make sure there is no pulp in the drink which makes it more like a smoothie or slush. You need a smooth drink. Also you can add as much water to it as you please. Since watermelon by itself has lots of water content, I like to add more watermelon and less water as opposed to what many online recipes suggest. I also adore lemons and mint in my drink hence have been generous with it. But it all comes down to your customized taste - hence work around this recipe to match your needs :)
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  • Serves: 4 people
Ingredients
  • Approx 4-5 cups of watermelon (seeded and cubed)
  • 1-2 cups of water, as required
  • sugar/honey/agave nectar to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice (I used the juice of one large lemon since I love the taste)
  • few mint leaves for garnish
  • crushed ice to serve
Method
1. Pulse the watermelon using little water in batches.
2. I used about 1-1/2 cups water only while many sites ask for about 4 cups of water. I like the watermelon taste more and also the fact that it has more water content, I tend to use less of the water. Also adding ice cubes tends to water it more later when it melts.
3. Filter it using a sieve. Add the rest of the ingredients according to taste.
Serve chilled. I use sweet watermelons since it makes it possible to add less sugar and enjoy natural goodness more :) Watermelon Aq(g)ua Fresca (Juice/Drink) Recipe

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By Shamim on Jul 20, 2012

I only had 1.5 cups of watermelon on hand so I scaled the recipe down accordingly. I did not add water but substituted an equal amount of ice, which worked out fine. If I had to change anything, I would put about 10% less ice or more ripe watermelon. This would make a good base for a cocktail, perhaps paired with lychee liqueur or vodka.

By Shreya on Apr 24, 2012


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By Priya on May 11, 2012

Owsum recipe...i loved it Thnx 4 sharing

By Muslimah on May 4, 2012

My dad always liked watermelon juice they made inn the hotels. Now I know how they made that!

By Katie on Mar 6, 2012

Do you know how long the juice will keep for? I would like to make some in advance so I don't have to make it everyday!

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By Edeth on Jun 11, 2010

Now that looks refreshing! I think I may look exactly like you in the summertime re: the walking advertisement for sun screen......I can never put too much on!

By Selene @Veganlicious on May 22, 2010

yum!!! I love blended watermelon drinks - so refreshing and just screams summer. I'm going to try making it with perrier for a little spritzer feel!

By Aswathy on May 15, 2010

:-D completely empathise with your vampire existence..fellow sun antagonist myself..had a horrible vacation in goa earlier this year..looking to cool down with this yummy watermelon cooler!!hmmm mmmm...

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By Priya on May 1, 2010

Luvly drink..Ready To drink..

By sayantani on May 1, 2010

perfect summer soother. love the ruby red colour.

By nags on May 1, 2010

such beautiful colours and so refreshing over summer!! lovely :)

By Mansi on Apr 30, 2010

You might have been a vampire, considering your love for all things RED :-P the drink looks refreshing!:)

By Apu on Apr 30, 2010

Delicious!! Love watermelon based juices!!

By Malini on Apr 30, 2010

cool and refreshing drink to summer.

By CurryLeaf on Apr 30, 2010

Love the agua fresca.Perfect for summer. :-P

By Priya on Apr 30, 2010

A prefect thristy quencher, refreshing drink..

By Divya on Apr 29, 2010

Talk about sun...Chennai is scorching and I don't know what's in store during kathri in May:(.I always deseed and cube watermelon and store in the fridge so that I can juice it up whenever we fancy something cool to drink..it truly is so refreshing!!

By Dr Elizabeth Ninan on Apr 29, 2010

Great drink container could have been more appealing

I am sure u will make a better presentation :) --DK

By Sharmilee on Apr 29, 2010

Perfect for this summer...Looks soo colorful!

By tasteofbeirut on Apr 29, 2010

Beautiful drink! Looks very tasty too!

By Laura on Apr 29, 2010

You may really have an allergy to UV light...use a barrier sunblock made with titanium dixoide or zinc oxide as the active ingredients instead of the chemical sunblocks like parasol or whatever. Neutrogena makes one called Sensitive Skin 60+. These blocks are more annoying because they are a whitish layer on your skin and sometimes rub off on things, but they make a huge difference to me. You are not alone!

By Sailaja Damodaran on Apr 29, 2010

Super summer drink

By Veggie Belly on Apr 29, 2010

we've both been thirsty! i just posted a blueberry lemonade :) i love your agua fresca.