Agua fresca translates to meaning “fresh water.” It’s a Latin American drink made with water, a small amount of sweetener, and fresh fruit to make light, non-alcoholic beverages. In the summer, I love making agua frescas for BBQs; they’re a different take on fresh juice that both kids and adults alike love. It’s a great way to take advantage of seasonal fruits and herbs from our local farmer’s market, too.
This recipe for watermelon basil aqua fresca is a light and healthy option to quench the kids’ thirst after a long day of playing outside! The flavour of the sweet watermelon is enhanced by the natural sweetener, making this refreshing drink a much healthier option for my kids than the sugar-laden fruit juices available at the store.
Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca
The name says it all: "fresh water," to keep you cool all summer long.
- watermelon: about 6 cups, or half a medium watermelon, chopped into 4–5 inch cubes
- ice cubes: 8–10
- raw honey: 2 Tbsp
- fresh lemon juice: 1 Tbsp (optional)
- basil or fresh mint: 1 large leaf, finely minced