Chilling With Agua Fresca

Agua fresca - ever heard of it? Once upon a time this summer, my sister and I had the chance to spend a weekend in NYC. While there we clawed the secret of the best tacos in SoHo out of Google and accordingly wandered downtown to Tacombi where my mind was forever changed about what a chorizo taco could be. I had always thought chorizo tacos were a bit of a cop-out. No real taco-enthusiast would want them.
Boy, was I wrong. Nestled in its soft, corn tortilla my chorizo taco was an understated masterpiece of flavor, texture, and a little bit of "I told you so." To those who always were chorizo enthusiasts - I bow to your superior knowledge.Obviously, trekking through NYC in the dead of summer meant that by the time we got to Tacombi, we were rather thirsty. That's where this magenta hero, agua fresca, comes in. Watermelon has long been the favorite rehydration-treat for anybody who knows their stuff come summertime. There is nothing better than a good watermelon and nothing worse than a bad one. It's always a bit of a toss-up when choosing a watermelon as to whether it will be a success or failure. Even farmers, for all they recommend choosing ones that sound hollow when thumped, have a nice yellow belly, or feel heavy and solid, aren't exactly 100% certain every time. I know. A friend of mine used to farm watermelons and would make up marvelous-sounding tests for choosing the perfect melon because, try as he might to explain that one couldn't be sure, his customers demanded a method for choosing a melon. Once you have hold of a flavorful melon, all there really is to this recipe is to chunk the melon (discard seeds if you chose a seedy melon), blend it up with some water, a bit of lemon or lime juice, and a dollop of honey, and let the blissful re-hydration begin. I imagine this is precisely the sort of thing that would be ideal to serve after any sort of day spent outdoors, whether at the beach, a ball-game, a day of tooling around your city of choice, or simply when it's too hot to even think of eating anything but watermelon. Enjoy!

Agua Fresca
comfortably serves 4

4 cups watermelon chunks
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey
mint leaves for garnish

1.) Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed for about a minute. Strain, if desired, and chill before serving. In lieu of chilling the agua fresca, you may also juice serve the juice over ice as I did. 


  1. OMG YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! YUM! I was JUST thinking about how watermelon water is SO good! This is incredible!

    The Adored Life