Any Summer when we visited my grandmother in Mexico you knew exactly what to expect, HEAT, extreme heat, followed by a sense of constant thirst. Of course, we as kids made matters worse, with our constant movement, playing until we just couldn’t bear the heat any longer. On the weekends Papi (our dad) would take us to the centro, one street completely lined with shops filled with anything one could desire from custom made dresses, shoes, toys, spices, housewares, music, car parts…. he would give us 5 dollars to spend. We quickly plowed through our money, on candy. Then we were left to walk, walk, and walk more on this busy street until my mom had made her purchases.
As we were leaving he would always get us a agua fresca, there was so many to chose from watermelon, cantaloupe, tamarind, strawberry, blackberry…..the vendor had his cart mounted on a bike and he would ride through the streets yelling “aguas!” I always wondered why he yelled, everyone knew he was coming, beside the fact that his cart was enormous, the smell , oh the smell he carried with him, fresh water made from perfectly ripened fruit, he always had a crowd lined waiting for him. I always ordered the same flavor watermelon, Papi would always try broaden my options, “no thanks Papi..I’m fine.”
Even to this day I get excited to take the first sip- the taste, the sensation of the cool watermelon on a hot day, well there is no other remedy for me. I enjoy my sliced watermelon with a sprinkle of sea salt, so I have added just a pinch to the mix. Most recipes just blend chunks of watermelon and mix with water and sugar. I add very little water to mine, because honestly I don’t enjoy drinking a water downed version of my fav cooler. I made a simple syrup of sugar and water, but have also used agave to sweeten my water. Taste your watermelon first then judge for yourself how much sweetener is needed to please your taste.
Maybe I love the flavors because they remind me of my summers in Mexico, or maybe of our childhood with Papi, or maybe I just like watermelon…..Enjoy!! Sweetlife
Agua de Sandia
make about two quarts or more if you ad more water
4 cups Diced watermelon–seedless, if your watermelon has seed, strain
Cold Water just enough to loosen the watermelon and help the blender along.
1/2 tbsp sea salt
1 lime, juiced
Simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 water heat until sugar dissolves) or agave
Place diced watermelon in blender, by batches, add a small amount of water to help the blending process. Blend until smooth and strain. Place strained mix into a pitcher(taste for sweetness) and add salt, lime juice and sweetner. Mix and enjoy over ice.