Damn, it’s hot right now! It hit 43°C on Friday, but I swear it felt like 55°C. And so, it’s time for something cold and refreshing! Seriously, it is sizzling in Cambodia! And I hear the mercury’s rising in London and Toronto too!
For the past couple of years, I’ve been making agua fresca to cool off on a hot season’s day. It’s such an awesome low key beverage to while away a hot afternoon with. I also just bought a blender last week, just in time for this heat (yay smoothies too!). It’s such an incredibly simple recipe and so cheap to make too. Watermelon (3000-4000R at the market, 75cents-$1), lime juice (5cents), sugar, water, combine and blend! See! Easy peasy!
(recipe adapted from Martha Rose Shulman at NYTimes)
4 cups diced/de-seeded watermelon
3 cups of water (divided in half)
2-3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1) Blend together the watermelon or cantaloupe with 1 1/2 cups of the water, the lime juice and the sugar at high speed until smooth.
2) Strain through a medium strainer into a large pitcher or bowl.
3) Stir in the remaining water. Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
4) Fill a glass with ice, pour in the agua fresca, garnish with a mint sprig…et voila! Agua fresca!
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