Fresh fruit waters are very popular here in, especially when the temperature goes up. Try this agua de melon (cantaloupe water). It’s quick, easy, and wonderfully refreshing.
- 1 Cantaloupe Melon
- Cold Water, enough to make 2 quarts
- 1/4 Cup-1/2 Cup Sugar, or to taste
- Ice Cubes, optional
Wash and dry cantaloupe, then cut in half.
Remove the seeds using a large spoon. I prefer to blend the seeds along with the fruit when preparing this water, so you can transfer them directly to a blender. However, their use is optional. You may choose to discard them.
Cut the melon halves into slices, and then cut away and discard the rinds.
Cut the slices into cubes.
Add the cubed melon to the blender. Pour in about 1 cup of cold water, which will aid in the blending process.
Blend until smooth. If using the seeds, make sure they are well-blended as well.
Pour about 1 quart of cold water into a large pitcher. Place a medium-sized sieve over the opening.
Strain the melon pureé by gradually pouring it into the sieve.
Towards the end, you may need to stir the pureé in the sieve in order to separate the remaining liquid from the solids. Discard anything remaining in the mesh.
Stir the water and melon mixture to combine. If needed, add additional cold water to make 2 quarts total. Depending on the sweetness of the cantaloupe, you might just add a few tablespoons of sugar. Be sure to sample the fresh water in order to determine the best amount of sugar to add. It also depends on personal taste, although remember that cantaloupe water should be refreshing, thirst-quenching, and not too sweet. Stir well to make sure that the sugar completely dissolves.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. As an alternative, you may wish to reduce the amount of water and add some ice cubes for an instantly cool.
Posted by Lindsay