National Watermelon Day – Agua Fresca

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Happy National Watermelon Day! It’s Seafair Weekend here in Seattle which means: air shows featuring the Navy Blue Angels, hydroplane races on Lake Washington, water balloons, sun screen, cocktails, beer and lots of WATERMELON! Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than cold, crisp watermelon? I don’t think so.

Watermelon just makes me happy. And, it’s SO pretty! If we were going to be on dry land this weekend, I think I’d host a Watermelon Carving Contest.  Since we’ll be on a boat, I just decided to carve my “personal”-sized melon to show off the green exterior, white inner-core and the beautiful red center (and it serves as a cute mug for my deliciously refreshing Strawberry-Watermelon Agua Fresca). My attempt at a Watermelon Keg was a fail, but if you want to see some wonderful examples of successfully carved watermelons, check this out.

Now what do you do with all of the beautiful, red, juicy watermelon? I made Strawberry-Watermelon Aqua Fresca. It’s a naturally sweet, tasty way to stay hydrated in the hot, August sun.  For those who want an adult beverage, I can confirm that adding a little tequila makes this a yummy cocktail.


Strawberry-Watermelon Agua Fresca
 
It is important to strain out the solids! Add an ounce of tequila per cup of aqua fresco to make for a more lively party beverage.
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Recipe type: Beverage, Cocktail
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 6 strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • agave syrup or sugar, to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the watermelon and strawberries into a blender container with 2 cups of water. Blend well.
  2. Place a cheese cloth-lined strainer over a measuring cup or bowl and strain the solids out of the mixture (about 10 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, add the cucumber to the blender container with ½ cup of water. Blend well.
  4. Strain the solids from the cucumber mixture.
  5. Combine the two mixtures and sweeten to taste. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve over crushed ice.

Strain the solids out of each mixture after blending.

 

2 comments

  1. Helen says:

    WOW! I’ve never seen so many ways to carve a watermelon!

  2. Dorothy Fairman says:

    Hi,
    Looking forward to our Chihuly adventure! I will be having a “Watermelon Fest” after I return to AZ and I get out all my watermelon dishes, baskets, etc., etc., etc. This Strawberry-Watermelon Agua Fresca (w tequila, of course!) will be the “SMASH” of the party! Thanks. D

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