Melon cucumber agua fresca with a secret ingredients! So refreshing! I can’t help but think of my dad, Ramiro, every time I prepare agua fresca. Any kind! He loved them all! Tomorrow, 4th of July is his birthday. He would have been 85 years old. He is never far from my thoughts. He was such a good dad and I miss him dearly. And yes dad, all those fireworks are really for you!
Sometimes I forget about the simple recipes!
An agua fresca recipe is so much easier to produce from start to fish compared to a mole recipe. Of course! I get caught up in some of the more low and slow traditional Mexican recipes on my blog. Melon cucumber agua fresca gets put on the back burner for another day often, lol!
Poor, But Rich In So Many Ways!
Growing up in a household of ten was not always easy. My parents were hard working, responsible parents. Although their was not always much extra money beyond paying bills, they managed. Trips to the swap meet would mean fresh fruit and maybe a grab bag full of used toys. Dad would experiment with the fresh fruit and blend up fresh agua fresca with his spin. He was pretty darn good at fixing old toys and bikes too! We had the best bikes with new tires, fresh paint and the biggest cissy bar! Lol!!
Fruits and Vegetables!
Staples of a Mexican kitchen are much more than just beans, tortillas and rice. A typical traditional and authentic Mexican meal requires produce! Not just meat, cheese and sour cream, lol! Not that there is anything wrong with those ingredients. It just doesn’t define true Mexican cooking, in my opinion.
Let’s Get To The Recipe!
Agua frescas are so easy to prepare! You need fresh fruit and water really. But, if you want to add a little sweet and sour note, that’s up to you. I enjoy adding a little fresh lime juice and some simple syrup or agave nectar. The possibilities are endless!
What Is Topo Chico?
Topo Chico is a highly carbonated mineral water produced in Monterrey, Mexico. I grew up on that stuff! I still love it. It is more readily available these days in many American markets through out the states. It’s so refreshing on it’s own, but add some to your agua fresca! Really changes it up!
El Color de La Artesana!
Beautiful hand painted cutting board and wooden spoons from Mexico. They were gracious enough to send me those pieces all the way from Mexico. You can find on Instagram. They will ship! @elcolordelaartesana
Have a Great Summer!!!
Melon Cucumber Agua Fresca
- Large pitcher
- 1 large cantaloupe melon
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 medium carrots
- Juice of 3 limes
- 2 cups cold water more if you prefer to thin out the agua fresca
- agave or simple syrup, to taste
- 12-15 oz bottle of topo chico carbonated mineral water or any unflavored seltzer
- any other fruits, plums, peaches, cherries sliced small
- Peel and slice half of the melon, 1 large deseeded cucumber and 2 peeled carrots. Transfer to the blender. Pour in 2 cups of cold water, juice of 3 limes and agave syrup, to taste. Blend on high until very smooth. Transfer to a large pitcher and chill for a few hours. I use a power blender, so this will yield a thicker agua fresca. You can strain it using some cheesecloth. Or you can pulse to blend and then strain using a wire mesh strainer. if the pulp doesn't bother you, than leave it as is.
- Peel, slice and dice the remaining melon and deseeded cucumber. If you are adding plums or other fruit, slice into small bite size pieces. Combine the fruit in a bowl, cover and chill.
- When ready to serve, pour in the mineral or sparkling water to the agua fresca. There is plenty of pulp in the cantaloupe, so if you want to thin it out a little more, add more mineral or sparkling water. Stir well.
- Fill glasses halfway with ice. Pour in agua fresca. Garnish with fruit and cucumber mix on top. I like to serve the extra fruit on the side with lime wedges and chile lime seasoning.