Watermelon contains lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamin C, as well as a high natural water content. Mint is great for digestion, reduces inflammation, and has been proven to stimulate weight loss and improve memory. Lime juice, when fresh, is chock full of vitamin C, and has been shown to also help with weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, and can even regulate blood sugar.
Serve this agua fresca with a splash of vodka, gin, or rum, or on it’s own as a mocktail.
Watermelon Mint “Agua Fresca”
by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8 servings
- 12 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed (appx 4 lbs, depending on water content)
- ½ cup water*
- ¼ cup lime juice*
- 8 tbs simple syrup (or stevia syrup)*
- 32 mint leaves
- 8 oz Vodka (optional)
- Top soda
- Garnish: mint sprigs, lime slices
- Glass: Collins
Add the watermelon, lime juice, simple syrup, and water to a blender, and puree gently. Press through a mesh strainer into a pitcher, cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.
Add 4 large mint leaves to a glass, muddle. Add ice, pour in the watermelon agua fresca. Add vodka, if using, and soda; stir. Garnish as desired.
*Can substitute 1 cup limeade for water, sugar, and fresh lime juice if needed. For batching, you may blend the mint leaves with the watermelon prior to straining.
Recipe and photo, FK Interactive.