Watermelon Agua Fresca

I’m going to talk “photography” for a bit.  <Disclaimer> I am a totally self-taught photographer.  I am very far from being an authority on the subject. <end Disclaimer> Pictures of drinks really pop when you can see the light through the glass, especially if the drink is translucent. Since the front of the subject (the drink and jar) tends to come out dark, bouncing the light onto the front is common practice.  These photos are my attempt at this (known as back lighting) – I just wish the reflector board wasn’t so visible on the face of the jar.

 

About the drink: So refreshing!  Making juice from watermelon is a snap – just blend with a little bit of water and go. It’s even easier if you use a seedless variety.  The juice is a little thick because of the pulp, no more than a smoothie or a frozen drink. (Mmmm…frozen daiquiri.)  This juice has a lightly sweet flavor – not as sweet as commercial juice.  It was a hit among all in the house – including the picky toddler.  As pink is his secret favorite color, he loved drinking the “pink watermelon juice.”

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original recipe

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Yield: 8 cups

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

1½ c water, divided
½ c sugar
One 4.5-5 lb watermelon, cut into chunks
⅓ c fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining ½ c water with the sugar. Heat in a saucepan until sugar has melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. Place another ½ c of water with half the watermelon. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pitcher. Repeat with remaining ½ c of water and remaining watermelon. Pour into pitcher with rest of juice.
  3. Stir in the simple syrup and lime juice. Drink should be slightly sweet, but not sugary. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.
http://kokocooks.com/2013/06/watermelon-agua-fresca/

 

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Sweet Comments:

  1. This looks like such a wonderfully refreshing drink. Oh how I love watermelon! Yum!

  2. I love all things watermelon!

  3. Suzanne, I love that you talked photography–I too have many photos with the reflector board present in the glass! This “pink” drink looks fab… wonder how it would taste spiked? lol

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