Agua fresca is my favorite summer drink. Refreshing and light, and the perfect partner for spicy Mexican food. To combat the heat, they tend to be quite sweet, but I made mine a little on the drier side so it can be enjoyed ala carte. With the mint and jalapeño, it’s a sweet and spicy combination you’ll drink by the gallon, so be prepared to make A LOT. Enjoy!
2 cups cold water
2 cups watermelon (rind removed), seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
juice of 1/2 lime (no more than 1 tablespoon)
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/2 jalapeño, roughly chopped
Ice cubes or crushed ice (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients and puree until smooth. Pour mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, forcing through most of the pulp. Chill and serve.