I needed to do something with the rest of a giant watermelon Erik bought then didn’t eat. Honestly, I don’t know why he is driven to pick the monster size melons. Because he never eats them. And they do get slimy and weird when they sit there uneaten. But this is the perfect summer drink – very refreshing and light.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
recipe from Put ’em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling by Sherri Brooks Vinton
a small watermelon or half a large one, cut into chunks (no rind of course)
1 cup cold water
2 Tablespoons sugar
juice of 1 lime (I’d actually add another lime in this but I like lime)
Put your melon chunks in a food processor and whiz until everything has been liquidated. Strain the watermelon through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Discard the solids. Add the water, sugar and lime juice to the pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. Serve over ice.