It has been HOT here. I mean, HOT. Since we don't have air conditioning in our apartment, or a pool, we've been trying to beat the heat in other ways. One way is by having some cold and refreshing drinks like this agua fresca. While the above drink looks very pink and not much like cucumber, it does have cucumber in it! I missed the first week of summer fest, but I'm trying to catch up and make the rest of the events. It's a great way to celebrate summer and all the great food ingredients that are available fresh and local this time of year. Give this drink a try - it is really good for these steamy summer days. This will make two servings, simply double the ingredients to make more.
Watermelon-cucumber-mint agua fresca
2 cups of cubed watermelon
1/2 cucumber, diced with skin left on
1 tablespoon roughly chopped mint leaves
1/2 cup ice cold water
1 teaspoon sugar, optional
ice for serving
Combine everything except the ice in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitch or glasses. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to press down on the mixture to get out as much juice as possible. Serve chilled and over ice.
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