Saturday, July 18, 2015

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca



The dog days of summer have arrived here in Kentucky.  At this moment, I have to say, I'm not mad at it.  After all the rain we've had lately it's kind of refreshing to see and feel the sun.  Speaking of refreshing, this Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca is a drink you will definitely need to help you cool off in this heat and humidity.  

Last week at the Lexington Farmers Market I picked up a beautiful, sweet, farm fresh watermelon.  I was overjoyed with my purchase.  Until I got home.  Looking at this monstrous melon sitting on my counter, I began to wonder what I was thinking when I bought an entire melon.  I'm only one person! Normally when I make these food faux pas, I just end up sharing with my parents or some friends.  Of course they had just bought one too.  Just my luck!  Never fear.  I can figure out how to use this.  It's what I do.  I can't stand letting anything go to waste.  I chopped up half of it and ate it for breakfast for a few mornings.  I have to tell you.  It was the perfect way to start the days.  What to do with the other half though....  Decisions, decisions.

I contemplated cutting it into wedges and grilling it because I have seen that repeatedly on Pinterest.  I just couldn't get excited about it though.  Hot watermelon doesn't sound appealing to me.  Especially right now.  I am absolutely sure that I will try it at some point this summer because it does intrigue me.  Plus, I am constantly being proved wrong when I find something I don't think I'll like, i.e brussels sprouts and lima beans.

As soon as I heard the forecast for this weekend, I immediately knew how I would use the rest of this beautiful fruit.  I would need something to keep me cool and hydrated this weekend and what better than a flavored water?  Simple, thirst quenching, delicious.  Did I mention simple?  Water is my drink of choice.  I drink it all day, every day, but sometimes it's nice to mix it up a little with citrus, berries or melon.  The best thing about this recipe is that you can just throw everything into the food processor or blender.  See?  Easy.  I just chunked up the melon, squeezed a few limes and threw in some sugar.  Pour it into a pitcher, add water and top off with some fresh mint.  Are you salivating yet? 

I know you just read the word sugar and I'm guessing you gasped out loud.  Everything in moderation.  I used free trade organic cane sugar.  Feel free to substitute honey or skip the sugar all together.  Whatever floats your boat.  Or your pool raft.  I could use a pool right now.  I guess I'll just have to settle for a cold beverage.  What are you waiting for?  Go hydrate yourself!

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

4 cups watermelon, roughly chopped
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons sugar, more or less to taste
4 cups water
Mint, for garnish

In food processor or blender, pulse the watermelon, lime juice and sugar.  Pour into a serving pitcher. Add water.  Stir.  Garnish with sprigs of mint.  Enjoy!

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