Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca
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Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca

To go with our Supper Club’s Street Food dinner, I wanted to make agua fresca. For this recipe, I decided to use my juicer instead of blending and straining, and it worked out beautifully!

Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca

We really enjoyed the flavor combination – especially with a shot of vodka stirred in! Rum wasn’t as good. QC is a hard job, but we were more than happy to do it. The basil flavor didn’t really come through much, so next time, I think I’ll tear the basil into pieces before adding it to the liquid.

Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca

This beverage is light and refreshing, great for a warm summer evening. Spiking optional 😉

Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca
Bon Appétit June 2012

Serves 8

15 cups chopped cantaloupe (about two 3 1/2-pound melons)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Working in batches, purée cantaloupe in a blender until smooth.

Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; line sieve with cheesecloth. Strain purée into bowl; gather cheesecloth into a bundle and squeeze any remaining juice into bowl. Repeat process with fresh cheesecloth, straining into a large pitcher (you should have about 5 cups juice).

Add lemon juice, basil, and 2 cups cold water to pitcher. Let steep at room temperature for 1–2 hours. Fill glasses with ice. Divide agua fresca among glasses.

One serving contains:
Calories (kcal) 110
Fat (g) 0.5
Saturated Fat (g) 0
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Carbohydrates (g) 27
Dietary Fiber (g) 3
Total Sugars (g) 23
Protein (g) 3
Sodium (mg) 50

Big Flavors Rating: 3 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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