Watermelon Agua Fresca, Our Drink For The Summer Of 2013

When the weather gets hot, we look for any cold, refreshing ways to cool off short of cannonballing into our neighbor's pool. It's not impolite if you yell "cannonball!" while you're doing it.

Short of that, Ivy Stark of NYC's Dos Caminos restaurant has a watermelon and lime agua fresca that looks as good in a pitcher or glass as you feel while you're drinking it. Healthy and flavorful, this is a recipe you should learn by heart and make all summer long. Oh, and it spikes nicely, too, in case that pool trespassing turns into a shindig.

Watermelon Agua Fresca, Our Drink For The Summer Of 2013
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  • 16 cups cubed seedless red watermelon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Club Soda
  • lime slices
  • blueberries
  1. Combine the watermelon, water, sugar and mint in a blender; purée. Pour through a coarse strainer into a large container.
  2. Stir in lime juice. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours.
  3. To serve, fill highball glass with ice, fill glass 2/3 full with watermelon mixture, top with club soda and garnish with lime. Add several blueberries to float for some Fourth of July Spirit!
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