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Watermelon lime agua fresca

On counters of neighborhood taquerias and Oaxacan restaurants, at Salvadoran farmers market stands and Eastside backyard parties, even at swank Hollywood restaurants, you can see the huge glass vitroleros, beehive-shaped jars filled with aguas frescas in a spectrum of stunning ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes | Makes 2 1/2 quarts
  • 1 medium seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into medium pieces (about 6 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • Sea salt

Step 1In a blender, puree the watermelon with 4 cups of water and the agave nectar, in batches.

Step 2Strain through a coarse strainer or mesh sieve, discarding any solids. Stir in the lime juice and a generous pinch of sea salt.

Step 3Adjust the seasoning and consistency to taste: agave nectar for sweetness, lime juice for tartness, sea salt to enhance flavor, and water to thin. Serve over ice. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime, if desired. This will keep for 2 days, refrigerated.

Note: Agave nectar is available at well-stocked supermarkets.
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