With Cinco de Mayo and summer right around the corner I thought I’d share a delicious and refreshing drink recipe! I love making this drink for our dinner parties in the spring and summer, plus you can add a little vodka to really get the good times rolling! I’m going to be telling you about two recipes by the way, one for the Agua Fresca and one for simple syrup.
One of the great things about this recipe is that you can use just about any fruit that your little heart desires. I just really prefer the watermelon, it’s just so invigorating on a balmy day! Anyway, let’s get to it!
Ingredients for the Agua Fresca:
1/2 of a seedless watermelon (about 6 cups)
2 cups cold water
Simple syrup to taste
Ingredients for the Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar
First we need to make our simple syrup and despite what the name says, it really isn’t that hard. You can make any amount you want, by simply using a 1 to 1 ratio. Just dump your 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water into a little sauce pan over low heat and give it a stir.
You’re just going to let that hang out and stir it every so often, until it becomes completely clear!
Now, once it looks like the picture above, remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. After it cools down it’s ready to use!
On to the Agua Fresca! Get your seedless watermelon and cut it in half. Take a little taste to see how sweet it is, so you’ll know about how much simple syrup to add later. At least that’s what you should tell people if you get caught eating the watermelon, I mean it sounds like a legitimate excuse, right?
Next scoop out 6 cups of the watermelon flesh and put it in your blender, along with the 2 cups of water. Don’t get any of the white parts of the melon (rind), it’s super bitter and isn’t very tasty. Well, unless you pickle it, but that’s a whole other story.
Place a towel over your blender(you don’t want watermelon juice all over your damn kitchen) and then pulse it a few times. Slowly increase the speed on your blender until you get to max speed. Let that blend for a minute or two, until you’re satisfied that it is thoroughly blended.
Now pour the freshly blended melon through a fine mesh strainer to get all the fibrous bits out.
Just take a spatula and scrape it around the mesh strainer. This will take a little bit of time, not a long time, don’t worry. When you’re done it should look close to this. Just discard all the fibrous materials. Now, you should have something that looks like this!
You may want to skim some of the foam off the top (I did), however it isn’t necessary and it completely optional. Have a taste and see how much of the simple syrup to add, I added about 2 Tablespoons to mine. I can’t give you exact measurements here because all watermelons are different, you may have a sweeter one. So, the amount of simple syrup you use is completely up to you. Next just pop it in the refrigerator and let it get cold, then it’s ready to serve!
I really hope you try this drink recipe out! It is just the perfect beverage for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or just a random Tuesday. It’s wonderful mixed with vodka or just by itself. Pine thing is for sure, your guests will surely be impressed!
So, give this one a try, let me know how it turns out in the comments. Don’t forget to follow the blog and check us out on Facebook (@isbutteracarbblog). Thanks for stopping by! Adiós!