Cantaloupe agua fresca is easy to make and incredibly refreshing. Light and gently fruity, it's a family-friendly drink perfect for a warm day.
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When my older son was young, as I imagine many parents did with their first born, I had certain expectations on how things would go with food. I had hoped to introduce him to a broad range of foods early on in the hope he'd keep the majority in his likes as he got older (I knew he'd drop some).
It didn't quite work out.
From very early on, he wouldn't sit for any more than a few minutes. We resorted to looking at books and things over dinner, but it was often a challenge.
He quickly told us he didn't like particular things, and despite trying the whole few attempts thing, he wasn't changing his mind. So, a few things I let go.
Now he is a bit older, thankfully he actually sits through dinner these days. And while he's still skeptical of a few things, he's coming round to some others. A few fruits I've managed to get back in favor are mango and cantaloupe, so we have them more regularly in the house now.
I do sometimes find cantaloupe a bit hard to get through before it goes off, though, and this agua fresca is the perfect solution. In fact it's a reason in itself to buy a cantaloupe.
What is an agua fresca?
Agua fresca literally means "fresh water" and is a popular drink in Mexico. It's made by blending fruit or other ingredients with water and a little lime, plus sometimes a little sugar.
It's lighter and more refreshing than juice, but has more flavor than flavored water. The number of flavors is about as limitless as your imagination - make sure you also try my agua de jamaica (hibiscus tea) and cucumber agua fresca as well.
Steps to make this drink
There's not much to this as all you do is:
- puree the fruit,
- strain it,
- mix it with water and a little lime.
The one step that takes a little more time is straining the pureed cantaloupe. It might seem tempting to skip this, but believe me it is worth doing. Rather than having a slightly thick drink you are left with the flavor but it's so much fresher without the 'bits'.
Cantaloupe agua fresca is not only a great way to use up any cantaloupe that might be languishing in your fridge, it's a tasty and refreshing drink perfect for any occasion. It will quench your thirst on a warm day, works well for a crowd, or have it as a lighter accompaniment to your meal. So go get some more cantaloupe.
Try these other refreshing drinks:
- Coconut watermelon agua fresca
- Watermelon lemonade
- Blueberry lemonade
- Plus get more ideas in the drinks recipes archives.
Cantaloupe agua fresca
- 1 lb cantaloupe approx ½ a melon
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ice, mint to serve
- Remove the skin and seeds from the cantaloupe and dice the flesh. Put in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Strain the puree through a very fine strainer or cheesecloth so that you get a nice clear juice. You should get around 1 ½ cups/360ml. Mix this with the water and lime juice. You can add a little sugar if you like but I don't think it's really needed if your cantaloupe is ripe.
- Serve over ice with a little mint as garnish.
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