Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Watermelon Agua Fresca

8 cups cubed watermelon, divided
1 cup water, divided
1/3 cup sugar, divided
1/4 cup fresh lime juice 
4 cups club soda or seltzer water, well chilled
Lime slices or mint for garnish (optional)

1) Combine half the watermelon, half the water and half the sugar in a blender; puree. Pour through a coarse strainer into a large container. Repeat with the remaining watermelon, water and sugar. Stir in lime juice. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours.
2) To serve, stir in club soda (or seltzer) and garnish with lime. 

Serves: 4 cups

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Tip of the day: Sprinkle salt in tamarind before storing to keep away the worms.

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