With more than 12,000 pounds of cantaloupe waiting for Community FoodBank’s customers, it’s time to examine all the possibilities. Melon lends itself beautifully to aguas frescas (Spanish for fresh waters), delicious, healthy alternatives to soft drinks.
This easy recipe comes to us from thelittleepicurian.com
Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Yield: about 2 liters
10 cups cantaloupe (about 2 medium cantaloupes), cut into chunks
3 cups water
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
5 Tbsp granulated sugar, more according to taste
ice, for serving
mint leaves, for garnish
In a blender, puree cantaloupe until smooth. Pour through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth) to separate the pulp*. You should end up with about 4 1/2 cups strained juice. Discard pulp, or freeze into ice cubes for your drink.
Pour liquid cantaloupe into a large pitcher. Add water and lime juice. Stir to comine. Sweetened with sugar according to taste. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.
Serve with cantaloupe chunks, plenty of ice, and a sprig of mint.
Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.