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Honeydew-cilantro agua fresca with tequila

Honeydew-cilantro agua fresca with tequila
Los Angeles Times

Maybe it started with the mint in the mojito. Maybe it's those wonderful drinks with lots of basil and ginger you find in Vietnamese restaurants or fusion cafes. Whatever the reason, when it comes to cocktails, it feels like an ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes | Serves 8
  • 6 cups cut-up honeydew (1 ripe honeydew, about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced, seeded serrano chile
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons simple syrup (depending on the sweetness of the honeydew)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, lightly packed
  • 6 ounces tequila ( 3/4 cup)
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • Red chile peppers for garnish

Step 1Combine the honeydew and cold water in batches in a blender and blend until smooth, pouring the puree into a pitcher as each batch is blended.

Step 2To the last batch of pureeing mixture, add the serrano chile, lime juice, simple syrup and cilantro leaves, pulsing until leaves are tiny flecks.

Step 3Blend in the tequila. Pour into the pitcher and stir in ice cubes.

Step 4Garnish the pitcher with a few sprigs of cilantro and two or three red chile peppers.

Note: Make a simple syrup by heating 4 to 6 tablespoons sugar with an equal amount of water until it dissolves.


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