Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca
One of the best things about summer is definitely all of the fresh produce and seasonal fruit that you can find in so many different places. The grocery store, the farmers market, fruit stands on the side of the road, or even in your own backyard! I also love finding new ways to incorporate them into alllll the things. One of my favorite ways to use up some fresh fruit is to create these thirst quenching summer drinks called an agua fresca. This cantaloupe and lime agua fresca is simple to make and comes together with only a few ingredients.
If you’ve never heard of one before, an agua fresca is a popular non-alcoholic drink typically served in Mexico and Central America, but it’s popular in the US too! The phrase translates to “cool water”, which means it’s one of those drinks that you’ll want to be sipping on all summer long.
Save the recipe for later too, because you can switch out different fruit (which I mention below!) to make a variety of other agua fresca options!
Besides the fruit itself, you only need a little bit of sugar and some water to pull them together. They work great for a bunch of different diet restrictions, or for someone that doesn’t want to drink alcohol. They’re also a bit more fun that a glass full of flavored water.
The recipe for this cantaloupe and lime agua fresca is also easy enough for the kids to get involved with and help, plus it’s a great way for them to add a bit more fruit into their diets too!
Although the ingredient list is short and simple, I will say that having a blender and a fine mesh strainer on hand will make the entire process a breeze, so plan on having those tools handy to simplify the process.Print
1 Cantaloupe, Chopped (Rind Removed)
3/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Lime, Sliced
6 Cups Water
Place the chopped cantaloupe and 1 cup of water into a blender and puree until smooth. (You may have to do this in steps, depending on the size of your blender. Add 1 cup of water for each blend).
Pour the pureed cantaloupe mixture into a fine mesh strainer and work through using a spoon or a spatula to separate the juice from the pulp.
Once strained, add the juice into a large pitcher with ice.
Add the fresh lime juice, sugar, and remaining water.
Add the slices of lime and stir well.
Pour into glasses with ice and enjoy!
If you want your cantaloupe and lime agua frescas to be less sweet substitute the sugar for agave syrup.
If you want more of a tart agua fresca, use 1 cup of fresh lime juice.
If you want to switch it up a bit you can use other fruits too, such as watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, and pineapple to make an agua fresca.
You can also add additional flavors like some jalapeno for a spicy kick, mint or basil for an herbal note, or cucumber or ginger for a spa like feel. The possibilities and flavor combinations are only limited by your imagination!
Not sure about you, but I’ll be spending the last month of summer sitting poolside with a cantaloupe and lime agua fresca in my hand.