ok… it’s official I am obsessed. Both with Blueberries AND Agua Fresca. My fridge is filled with them both and I LOVE it. Who knew Agua Fresca would be come my new favorite drink – perfect for a morning pick me up and as an refreshing spiked Agua Fresca cocktail on the weekends. Pure brilliance.
Although the traditional Agua Fresca recipes are a simple combination of fruit, sugar and ice I have found that making a batch of herb infused simple syrup adds a tasty twist to the classic and allows the sweetness of the syrup to fully dissolve in the mixture. Plus you get the added kick of the herbs with out actually biting into a basil leaf.
Most recipes for Watermelon Agua Fresca also call for the mixture to be strained of the pulp… while I can completely understand that tradition – especially with the addition of the blueberries – I actually prefer the texture with the pulp. Try it both ways and let me know what you think!
Watermelon Blueberry Agua Fresca
4 cups cubed fresh watermelon
1 cup fresh blueberries
juice of one lime, to taste
1 tablespoon basil simple syrup
basil leaves, for garnish
Place cubed watermelon in a blender pulse until all pieces are broken down and it has become a liquid. Add blueberries, simple syrup, ice cubes and lime juice, blend until combined.
For each serving, :: Serve cold and fresh in a serving glass or fill glass with ice, top with watermelon and blueberry mixture. Garnish with basil sprig and watermelon slice. Serve chilled.
MAKES 6 – 8 SERVINGS
Looking for the perfect picnic lunch combo… mix up a batch of this Watermelon Blueberry Agua Fresca and pack up my Blueberry Chicken Salad with Picnic Tips! or get a little crazy and make my Spiked Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca for your next date night!