This light, refreshing drink popularized in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and in the United States is a terrific thirst quencher on a hot summer day. The trick with making agua fresca (Spanish for
fresh water) is to infuse the water with fruit essence without turning it into a smoothie or slushy drink. Experiment with other flavors such as strawberry, mango, cantaloupe and honeydew.
-6 to 8 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces
-2 cups cold water, divided
-1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Cut the watermelon flesh from the rind. In a blender, process half the watermelon pieces with 1 cup of water until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a pitcher. Repeat the process with the remaining melon and water. You should end up with about 8 cups of juice. Stir in the lime juice and honey. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime slices and mint.
Serves six; at only 160 calories per serving.