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Refresh Yourself with Watermelon Agua Fresca


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By Adrianna Adarme / PBS Food

Blend up watermelon, sugar, and water for a perfect Summer treat you can make in just minutes from Adrianna Adarme from the Fresh Tastes blog.

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This drink recipe may be a teeny bit premature. I usually associate watermelon with the dog days of summer; not the days that teeter between spring and summer. I blame the sweet smell of watermelon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As I was strolling through my local grocery store earlier this week, I was lured by its smell. There was a whole stand of really beautiful-looking seedless watermelon, so I simply couldn’t resist. At first I just took just a quarter of a watermelon home, ate a slice and blended the rest to make a single glass of watermelon juice.

 

 

 

 

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Once I downed the first cold glass of watermelon juice, I was bummed there wasn’t more. The next day I returned, but instead of making the mistake of just buying a quarter, I bought a gigantic 6-pound watermelon. In the past, I’ve usually made a simple syrup to add to the watermelon puree but this year I found it to be completely unnecessary. Perhaps it was just a fluke, or I had a really great watermelon, so feel free to play around with the sugar content, adding as little to none or up to 1/2 cup. It’s entirely up to your taste buds, but just make sure each glass is filled to the brim with ice and straw is nearby.

 

 

 

Ingredients

6 pound watermelon, chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of sugar (optional)
1/4 cup water

Directions
In batches (unless your blender is huge), add the chopped watermelon. Add a splash of water (about 2 tablespoons) and pulse until completely pureed, about 1 minute. (If you’re adding a bit of sugar, you’ll want to add the sugar amount you desire and just as much water to a small saucepan; heat until the sugar dissolves and then add the sugar/water mixture to the blender.)

Line a sieve with a few layers of cheese cloth. Place the sieve atop a bowl or large pitcher. Pour the watermelon puree into the cheese cloth and allow to strain–it may take around 5 minutes or so.

Repeat the blending and straining process with the remaining chopped watermelon. Transfer the watermelon juice to the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. Divide the watermelon juice amongst glasses.

Yield: Makes 6 glasses of watermelon juice