There’s nothing like a refreshing and fruity agua fresca during the warm days of summer. This one here is a blend of watermelon, basil and coconut for a delicious quenching drink.
If you are unfamiliar, agua fresca literally means “fresh water” and it is a typical drink in Mexico made from all kinds of different fruits and often sweetened. The most popular ones, which you may have seen at Mexican food joints, include horchata, jamaica (hibiscus) and tamarindo.
You would not believe how simple it is to make this agua fresca.
Simply put together all of the ingredients in a blender and blend!
Watermelon, Basil and Coconut Agua Fresca Recipe
2 cups of chilled watermelon
5 large basil leaves
3 ice cubes of frozen light coconut milk, or about 1/4 cup chilled (I used Trader Joe’s canned light coconut milk)*
4 mint leaves (optional)
sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
2 tsps lemon juice (optional)
pinch of salt to bring out the sweetness of the fruit (optional)
A splash of cold water
Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth (I use my trusty nutribullet), serve in a chilled glass and enjoy!
Notes: you may leave out the coconut milk altogether and have a simple and delicious basil watermelon agua fresca, it will also look prettier! You may also sub the coconut milk cubes for water cubes for a chilled and frothy effect.
See also how to make agua de jamaica: