Mint, Jalapeño and Melon Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca translates into "Fresh Water". Agua Frescas are a refreshing and tasty summer treat that mainly involve pureed fruit, sugar, lime and water. So whether you are sitting by the pool or hanging  around the house I recommend you try this drink to help cool you down.

 You can really use any fruit. I am sure that someone else has probably thought of a mint and jalapeño agua fresco, but for making this Mexican drink for the first time with only the ingredients I found in my house I was pretty proud of the ingredients that went into it. 

2 heaping cups of cubed fresh watermelon
1 cup fresh cubed Athena Melon or any melon you like
5 tbs. sugar
1 3/4 cup water
2 limes
zest and juice of half a lemon
half of a large jalapeño-minced no ribs and seeds
10 fresh sprigs of roughly chopped mint (mine were from the garden)

Puree all the ingredients together in a blender. If you want to pour the agua fresca through a fine sieve for a smoother, pulp-free mixture. I like the pulp and the bits of mint so I did not put it through a sieve. Chill if desired. 
To serve- Put 2 tbs of sugar and a pinch of salt onto a plate.  Run a lemon around the rim of a glass and but the rim directly into sugar mixture until the rim is covered. Poor the Agua Fresca into the glass and garnish with slices of lemon, lime and a sprig of mint.

Happy Eatings!

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