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Agua de Sandia {a refreshing watermelon drink}

Posted Jul 02 2013 12:00am


With the 4th of July just around the corner and a hot summer ahead, this is great timing to share my yummy watermelon drink.

Agua de sandia is an 'agua fresca' made in Latin America, but with LOTS of sugar. If you have visited Mexico or any Latin American country or walked into any taqueria, you will find many options for "aguas frescas" (refreshing drinks)... Agua de horchata , agua de jamaica, agua de pepino con limon, agua de tamarindo and the list goes on.

Here I am going to share with you how to enjoy agua de sandia using only honey to sweetened it, but if your watermelon is super ripe and sweet... you might not need to do that!




It is super easy to make and a fabulous way to use up all those juicy watermelons in season right now. Plus, it is perfect for making popsicles or you can freeze them in ice cube trays to use in smoothies later!
Speaking of popsicles, I shared one at The Nourishing Gourmet today. Using leftover agua de sandia, I made Paleta de Sandia y Frutas { fruit salad on a stick} . Please check it out! It is soooo good and great to share at a party!




This drink is so good that even my "watermelon-hater" husband loves it.
Yes, you read that right.
My hubby hates watermelon and cucumbers.... gags when he smells either one in my breath, but he LOVES agua de sandia.
Weird, right? He says its because of the honey, which he thinks makes the watermelon taste better and I have to agree that it does make it taste good... but I love watermelon, so I think having a fresh slice is just as good as having a drink of it!


Now, I hope everyone will have a wonderful 4th of July celebration! To be honest, we haven't been able to have a real 4th of July celebration since moving to Honduras about 4 years ago.

Sometimes I miss the gatherings, fellowship, good food and the fireworks. My oldest girl even asked me if we will ever see some real fireworks (she was only 2 the last time we saw fireworks, which was in Costa Rica).

One day, hopefully... I told her.

Once in a while we have fireworks popping around for wedding celebrations or holidays in the community we live in, but they are truly pathetic and mostly for noise then for show. Plus, they often set them off in broad daylight! Huh?

It would be so fun for my kids to see some serious fireworks exploding in the dark sky. One day, hopefully!

Now, go whip up some Agua de Sandia (or make some Paletas de Sandia y Frutas ) and enjoy the fireworks!



Agua de Sandia (Watermelon Drink)
1/2 medium watermelon, diced 1 cup water 1/8 - 1/3 cup honey 5-10 drops of stevia, optional pinch of sea salt
Put diced watermelon and water in blender. Blend on high for several seconds.
Add honey (start with 1/8 cup) and blend. Taste and add more honey, if desired, and sea salt. Add stevia if desired. Blend for a few seconds.
Pour the watermelon drink through a fine sieve and put in the fridge to chill.

Before serving, shake it well and enjoy as it is or over ice.
What are some of your favorite 4th of July traditions??

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