An incredibly flavorful and delicious drink from Mexico, where fruit drinks with minimal sugar are very popular. This has a comforting, refreshing quality to it.

Agua de Melon
 
An incredibly flavorful and delicious drink from Mexico, where fruit drinks with minimal sugar are very popular. This has a comforting, refreshing quality to it.
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Recipe type: Juices
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cantaloupe; peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup sugar; or to taste
  • 6 Cups distilled water (enough to yield 2 Quarts)
  • ice cubes (optional)
  • lemon juice from 1 lemon (optional)
  • fresh mint or raspberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the melon, then cut in half along the long side. Remove all seeds and soft insides. Some include the seeds in this drink, others discard them.
  2. Cut the melon into slices, removing the rind and leaving no green on any of the sliced sections.
  3. Cut the slices into chunks.
  4. In a blender, place the cantaloupe and sugar with 1 Cup of the water.
  5. Blend until pureed thoroughly.
  6. Place a medium strainer over a wide-mouth gallon size container with the remaining water in it.
  7. Pour the cantaloupe puree slowly into the strainer and slowly allow it to drain into the water. Use the back of a metal spoon to press out as much of the liquid from the pulp as possible. Remove any bulk, fully pressed puree that remains in the strainer and repeat until all the puree in the blender is used.
  8. Stir the liquid in the gallon container and taste. Adjust sugar as desired.
  9. If too sweet, use some fresh squeezed and strained lemon juice to cut the sweetness.
  10. Pour into a pitcher with ice cubes when ready to serve.
  11. Serve with ice, garnished with fresh mint or raspberries.

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