Cinco de Mayo is just over a week away and with Los Angeles being only 141 miles from Mexico, the holiday is celebrated in a big way here. Agua frescas are a popular drink in Mexico, they are light, non-alcholic drinks made from fruits, slightly sweetened. This watermelon jalapeño agua fresca is not only vibrant and pretty to look at, but it is very refreshing and this one comes with a little surprise.
Served on the streets from street vendors, markets and restaurants of Mexico, agua fresca is also perfect for celebrations with appetizers, snacks or even a barbecue in the warm weather. They are so easy to make and can be prepared up to a day in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to serve. All the ingredients are blended, strained and in this particular drink, fresh sliced jalapeño that will have people asking “Oh, what is that little kick from?”. Just a little warm tingle at the back of the tongue. Even kids would love this drink, just put some of the watermelon juice aside, add lime and agave and omit adding the jalapeños.
- 6 cups watermelon cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 jalapeño sliced
- Fresh mint sprigs
Add the watermelon, agave and lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth.
Strain through a sieve into a large bowl, pushing the pulp with a fork to get as much juice out as possible.
Add the jalapeño slices and refrigerate for 30 minutes. *see note
Using a large spoon, remove as much foam from the surface as you can.
Strain through a sieve into a pitcher.
Add the agave nectar and lime juice and stir to combine.
Pour into short glasses and garnish with a slice of jalapeño and sprig of mint.