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Recipe: Watermelon-ginger agua fresca

Posted July 31, 2014

Watermelon is prepared for the watermelon eating contest during the Midtown Farmers Market at North Hills in Raleigh on June 30, 2012.

Carrboro Farmers' Market will be hosting a melon tasting starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. The market will offer a chance to taste melons of all kinds, along with samples of melonberry popsicles. There also will be recipes to take home and kid's activities. 

I asked the folks at the market to share a recipe using melon. They came back with this refreshing drink found originally at Epicurious.com.

Watermelon-Ginger Agua Fresca
by Molly Stevens, from www.epicurious.com

Ingredients
10 cups 1-inch pieces peeled watermelon (from about 8-pound watermelon), seeded, divided
3 cups cold water, divided
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup (or more) sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice* (you can buy it or make it yourself. Check the original recipe for instructions.)
Ice cubes
Lime wedges

Directions

  • Puree 2 1/2 cups watermelon and 3/4 cup cold water in blender until smooth. Pour the juice into a large pitcher and repeat three more times.  
  • Mix in the lime juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and ginger juice to your pitcher and stir. You can add more sugar to the juice if you want it sweeter. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. You can make it eight hours ahead, but make sure it's chilled and stir before serving.
  • Serve over ice with a slice of lime. 

You could add some sparkling water to make it into a soda. One person, in the comments, shared that she skipped the ginger juice and cut the sugar and added ginger ale instead.

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