Aguas Frescas

Aguas Frescas originally means fresh waters in Spanish. Fresh fruits are pulped and water is added to dilute the liquid. It is the popular way of having a fruit based drink in Mexico and Central America. There is no rule on what fruits go into this pulp. They can range from a simple orange or watermelon to a passion fruit, cucumber or even tamarind.

I have used watermelon as the principal fruit and gave it a summery spin calling it the Summery Watermelon Twist.

Ingredients

Watermelon ………………………..1/4 of a large watermelon

Sugar ………………………………….6-7 teaspoons

Lemon Juice ………………………..5-6 tablespoons

Mint leaves …………………………..12 chopped leaves

Watermelon Twist
Watermelon Aguas Frescas

Method

  1. Cut the watermelon into chunks and spin it in the food processor.
  2. Sieve the pulp and crushed seeds out.
  3. Add the sugar, lemon juice and mint leaves.
  4. Stir the ingredients together. While doing so the mint leaves will bruise enough to suffuse their flavour into the juice.
  5. Pour in a glass. Garnish it with fresh mint leaves and a slice of lemon to give it that “twist” look.
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