Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Sometimes when you receive an unexpected gift in the mail from a dear friend. I recently got a children’s book for cupcake because my friend knew it would be perfect for us. It really makes you appreciate the value of your friendship and wished that you lived 10 minutes closer than 100,000 miles away. Thank you again Betsy for the wonderful book, “You are my Cupcake” is the perfect first book for my foodie kiddos.

Or sometimes it’s the first sip of a beverage especially when you are really thirsty. You just finished cleaning the house or finished ten loads of laundry. The only thing you want is something ice cold to quench your thirst.  When you are really thirsty, that first sip of any liquid beverage is pure bliss. This cantaloupe aqua fresca translates to “fresh cantaloupe water” in Spanish, is exactly what it – refreshing and the perfect way to quench your thirst. Cool and refreshing!

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Adapted from Chow

Ingredients: 1 (3 pound) ripe cantaloupe or other melon, diced (about 4 cups) 3 cups cold water 2 teaspoons lime juice 2 teaspoons sugar, plus more as needed Ice


Place the cantaloupe, 1 1/2 cups water, lime juice and sugar in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher, using a ladle or wooden spoon to press down on the solids. Discard the solids. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups water and stir to combine. Taste and add more sugar as needed. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Serve over ice. Yield: 5 cups Review: Best way to use ripe melon, and this recipe happened on accident. I bought cantaloupe hoping to eat it but I left it in the grocery bag and overnight it had ripened. Rather than toss it, I came across this simple recipe. Watermelon would be another great aqua fresca to enjoy, too!

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