Beverages,  Recipes

Melon Coolers

I got some great recommendations after I posted the last Agua Fresca recipe, and this was another great suggestion! The honeydew I bought was bad when I cut into it, so I used only cantaloupe. It was nice and refreshing – perfect for the really hot weather we’ve had lately.

Melon Coolers
Gourmet August 2009

yield: Makes 8 drinks
active time: 15 min
total time: 2 1/4 hr

Mexican aguas frescas, or “fresh waters,” made from all kinds of fresh fruit, flowers, or herbs, are a great way to beat the heat. This cantaloupe version gets additional vim from a splash of club soda.

1 (4-pound) cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 quart chilled club soda or seltzer
Garnish: lime wedges; honeydew melon slices

Purée cantaloupe in batches with water in a blender. Transfer to a colander lined with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) or fine cheesecloth set over a deep bowl and let drain 1 hour. Gather ends of towel and very gently squeeze any remaining juice from melon, then discard solids.

Stir in lime juice, sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt and chill 1 hour.

Divide among 8 (10-ounces) glasses and top off with club soda.

MacGourmet: 4 Stars

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