I used to love ordering a BIG glass of aguas frescas (or fresh fruit juices) at Mexican restaurants. Typically they had tamarindo (tamarind), cantaloupe or watermelon. At Salvadorean restaurants (where my husband’s family is from) they had jamaica (hibiscus punch) or marañon (cashew apple juice). Very flavorful and refreshing, but oh-so-full of sugar. To satisfy my craving for aguas frescas, especially on a super hot day, I just make my own guilt-free Agua de Melon at home. Usually if the cantaloupe is sweet enough, then I don’t bother adding sweetener. Otherwise, if your cantaloupe isn’t sweet (that happens sometimes) I add a splash of agave nectar to give it the right sweetness it needs.
- half a cantaloupe, cubed
- 1 cup of ice
- Optional: 1 tbsp of agave nectar or coconut palm nectar (or stevia equivalent)
- In a blender, put in cantaloupe, sweetener and ice cubes.
- Blend it all together. You may have to work it down with a wooden spoon or add a little water to get things moving. Make sure you get all the ice cubes crushed so it’s like sipping a Slurpee.
- Serve in a fancy glass so you think you’re on a tropical island.