This week this recipe for agua de melon has been generously provided by Douglas Cullen of the blog Mexican Food Journal. Douglas has lived in Mexico for over 20 yrs. and he brings his knowledge of Mexican food to his blog. His blog is not vegan, but you will find some very good vegan recipes on there like this Roasted Chile Poblano Soup.
Here are some of the vegan or easily veganized recipes you can find on Mexican Food Journal:
………and many more.
When it’s scorching hot outside the best way to cool down is with an agua fresca, which is basically fruit, water, and a sweetener. The flavors are as abundant as you can imagine. My favorites are agua de tamarindo, pineapple, and watermelon. Traditionally they are sweetened with sugar, but they can also be sweetened with agave syrup or maple syrup.
At home we drink water with our meals, but every once in a while as a special treat we make aguas frescas. Our 8 yr. old is going back to school next week, and all of us are looking forward to getting back into a routine and to start making some friends. Our little newborn is doing very well, growing like crazy, and keeping us up at night.
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The Recipe: Refreshing Agua de Melón
Enjoy this agua de melon, or “melon water” prepared with ripe cantaloupe. A refreshing drink on a warm summer day. Traditionally, an agua prepared with seasonal fruit is the drink of choice to accompany the mid-day meal in Mexico. You can substitute the sugar with agave or maple syrup.
Agua de Melon
- 1/2 Caneloupe
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 6 cups Water
- Remove the rind and seeds from the cantaloupe.
Cut the cantaloupe into 2” chunks.
- Add the cantaloupe, sugar and 2 cups of water to your blender. Blend for 30 seconds.
- Add 1 more cup of water and blend for another 30 seconds.
- Pour the blended cantaloupe into a serving pitcher. Add the remaining water and stir well.
- Serve lightly chilled. Stir again just before serving.
Honeydew melon is a delicious substitute for the cantaloupe. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar. You can substitute the sugar with agave or maple syrup.