Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca

Recipe from Lisa Zechiel, Washington Green Grocers

Right now, mid-August, local cantaloupes are at their all time best; sweet and juicy and ready to be made into this refreshing sip.

Here's how:

You need -

  • 1 cantaloupe, rind and seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or sugar (if you're making aqua fresca with August melons you won't need sweetener!)
  • Juice of 1 lime

Line a fine mesh sieve or colander with cheesecloth over a bowl. Working in batches, puree the melon in a blender or food processor. Transfer the pureed melon to the sieve or colander as you go. Let the puree drain for about a half hour, occasionally pushing down on the puree with a wooden spoon or the back of a ladle. After the 30 minutes pull up the edges of the cheese cloth so the puree is in the middle and squeeze/ring it out so any remaining juice comes through the cheesecloth (do this over the colander so if the pulp escapes it won't ruin your juice). This will be a lot of juice.

Put the juice in a pitcher or big jar, add the water, lime juice and if you are using it, sugar or honey. You can use it right away or pop it in the regriferator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it in 8 ounce portions or whatever you like for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!

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