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Melon Agua Fresca with Cucumber & Mint

Nothing says summer better than this Melon Agua Fresca from https://meatified.com. It's the perfect blend of sweet but refreshing, with a hint of cucumber & mint, plus a little fizz.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 10 cups / 1.4 kg chopped galia, honeydew, cantaloupe or lemondrop melon (see notes)
  • 2 cups / 280 g peeled & chopped english cucumber
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml lime juice
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint, about 25 leaves
  • optional, to taste, raw honey

to serve:

Instructions

  1. BLEND: Add the melon, cucumber, lime juice and mint to a blender pitcher and blend until smooth.
  2. STRAIN: Depending on your blender, you may need to strain out some foam or leftover solids. If that’s the case, place a fine mesh strainer over a large pitcher and pour the juice through the sieve to strain out the pulp a little at a time. Use a spoon to stir up and press down on the pulp each time, then remove and discard it. If you wish, taste and add honey a tablespoon (15 ml) at a time, blending to combine until the sweetness is to your liking.
  3. CHILL: Pop the pitcher into the fridge until the juice is well chilled, at least three hours. Stir well once chilled.
  4. SERVE: Fill glasses with ice and pour the chilled melon juice over until the glasses are about 2/3rds full. Add a wedge of lime and some cucumber slices to each glass and top them off with the sparkling water of your choice. If you want to be super fancy, thread a few melon balls onto mini cocktail bamboo skewers and place across the top of each glass. Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy straightaway!

Notes

You want to pick the freshest, sweetest melons you can find for this recipe. If the melon isn’t fully ripe, it will be lacking both flavor and sweetness, making for a bland, watery result. Here are some tips for picking the perfect melon!