Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Watermelon/Mint “Agua Fresca”

Marcela ValladolidMexican Made Easy host Marcela Valladolid is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party all week long at the Food Network and you’re invited! Marcela was nice enough to send me a few of her recipes to share with the Wannabe TV Chef readers.

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Marcela is also the author of Fresh Mexico (available at amazon).


: Watermelon and Mint “Agua Fresca”

Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid

    • 4 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed (about 3 pounds)
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 24 mint leaves, divided
    • 8 tablespoons super-fine sugar (adjust if too sweet when using a naturally sweeter watermelon), divided
    • 4 very thin lime slices, halved into half moons, divided
      1. Add the watermelon and the water to a blender, and puree until smooth. Divide the mint leaves, sugar and lime slices among 8 glasses and muddle the ingredients. Add ice to each glass and pour in the watermelon agua fresco. Stir and serve.

      Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

      Number of servings (yield): 8

      Culinary tradition: Mexican


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