Last summer I had a facebook friend who kept updating about drinking agua fresca (I'm looking at you Christa). I pictured her luxuriating by a pool somewhere while I slaved away in my kitchen. I looked up the recipe but I saw it had sugar and I was new to the paleo lifestyle so I figured I'd better just leave it to my poolside friend. But this week I saw lovely plump little watermelons for sale at Trader Joe's and Cad said he wanted to try to like it again, so we bought one. I cut up some pieces and he hated it, of course. So I had 3/4 of a watermelon left to myself and I wasn't going to let it go bad.
Here's the part where I get to the recipe...I have to be honest and say that I didn't measure anything, but I know approximately how much of each thing I used. Play around with the ingredients, it's so darn good.
Makes 2-3 servings
Ingredients: 1 small seedless watermelon, 2-3 tablespoons (more or less to taste) lemon juice, 1 tablespoon coconut nectar, 1 orange (we used a blood orange)
Instructions: Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out all the red flesh into your blender carafe, try to get as much of the watermelon juice in there as you can. I ended up with about 4 or 5 cups. Cut the orange and half and juice it with a citrus reamer (I have this super cool one that was my mom's.). Add the orange juice to your blender too. I put the pulp in as well for the fiber. Add your lemon juice. I used about 3 tablespoons, but you might like more or less. I bet this would be great with lime juice as well. Then add about a tablespoon of coconut nectar. I love coconut nectar and we use it a lot, but honey would work too.
Turn your blender on high and let this get nice and smooth. Give it a taste to see if there is enough sweetness and acidity and add more if it needs it.
Some people might like to strain this concoction, especially if you're serving it to guests, but Cad and I drink a lot of smoothies and don't mind a little pulp. This would be delicious with tequila, rum, or vodka for a summer party. It's best served nice and cold. Pour into icepop molds for a delicious and nutritious summer treat.
|Cad snuck into the picture before I could stop him, this Watermelon Refresher is THAT good!|