Agua Fresca literally translates to “fresh water.” Growing up in South Florida Agua Frescas were a popular alternative to plain water and sodas on a hot afternoon in Latin and Caribbean communities.
I rediscovered Agua Fresca again back in 2014, with a trip to Puerto Rico. The tropical heat was brutal and the fruit frescas were life saving (laugh). They were thirst quenching, ice cold, and delicious. My favorite was the watermelon-lime.
Recently, I was thinking about the ripe watermelon I had on my kitchen counter. I was immediately transported back to my childhood, and the journey to Puerto Rico. See 2014 post here: https://tinyurl.com/593h5fce
Agua Frescas are easily made at home, and any ripe fruit is fair game.
Ingredients: 2 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup, or agave nectar
Directions: For the Simple Syrup: Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup of sugar. Bring to boil over medium heat, and simmer without stirring, until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Option: Add one tablespoon of chopped herbs (basil and mint are good choices), and let steep for 15 minutes.
Blend all the ingredients together, adjusting sweetness as needed. Strain through a mesh strainer. Fill a glass with ice and enjoy.