Aguas frescas (or Spanish “cool waters”) are made by combining fruits, flavors, sometimes seeds and flowers with a bit of sugar and water to make a light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Latin American countries – and I’ve been trying some recipes since Seattle is back in the close to 90 degree range. This Honeydew-Lemongrass version is totally refreshing!
Don’t have lemongrass? No problem, try a tablespoon chopped basil, mint or tarragon!
- 2 1/4 cups water, divided
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar (I used 1 Tbsp agave syrup instead, but I like less sweet)
- 1 stalk lemongrass, lightly smashed
- 2 pounds honeydew – peeled, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Ice, for serving
- Combine 1/4 cup water, sugar or agave and lemongrass in a saucepan; simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Remove lemongrass.
- Blend together honeydew, lime juice and remaining water. Add sugar syrup, to taste. Strain and serve over ice.
Thanks PCC Natural Markets