Just like a sorbet, traditionally agua fresca has been used to cleanse the palette before, during and after meals. But, we think these homemade fruit infused waters would be just as good (if not better) as mixers for your cocktail creations.
Delicately sweet with just a hint of tartness, this seasonal cocktail combines watermelon, the quintessential summer fruit, with pink or red grapefruit juice. But, don’t stop there…a splash of tequila would make it so much better!
WATERMELON GRAPEFRUIT AGUA FRESCA
Adapted from Bon Appetit
18 cups chopped seedless watermelon (one 10-pound melon)
1 1/4 cups fresh ruby red or pink grapefruit juice
Tequila (optional but recommended!)
Working in batches, purée watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Skim foam from surface and discard. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large pitcher; line sieve with cheesecloth. Strain purée into pitcher (to get about 7 cups of juice). Mix in grapefruit juice. Fill glasses with ice. Divide agua fresca among glasses. For an alcoholic version, add tequila to taste.
Spanish for “fresh water,” agua fresca is popular in Mexico, Central American, the Caribbean and now the Unites States. Traditionally agua fresca is served in large glass jars with a ladle, which is a great idea for a party since guests can help themselves and add their choice of spirits separately.
PHOTO CREDIT: Maren Caruso for Bon Appetit