Friday Mocktail Hour – Cucumber Melon Aqua Fresca

Welcome to the final day of Vegetarian Week. I thought instead of a boozy send off, I would make something full of yummy, but very healthy things.

Melons are in season right now and what could be more refreshing than a beautiful honeydew with cucumber, ginger and fresh, tangy lime juice?

I whipped up this drink in under 15 minutes including chopping time.

Instead of a simple syrup, the drink is sweetened with a touch of agave. Yes- it would be amazing with tequila, so if you really need that cocktail- feel free to indulge.

Happy Friday everyone!

Cheers!

Cucumber Melon Aqua Fresca

  • 6 cups cubed honey dew melon- about one large melon

  • 4 cups peeled and chopped cucumber- about 2 medium cucumbers

  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 TBSP agave

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

  • basil plus extra for garnish

  • mint plus extra for garnish

  • ice

Method- total time 15 minutes. Serves 3

  • Place cucumbers, melon, agave, ginger, lime juice and a large sprig of basil & mint in a heavy duty blender such as a Ninja.
    Process until smooth.
  • With a mesh sieve, strain solids from liquid reserving the liquid in a large pitcher.
  • Pour liquid into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with extra basil, mint or a thin slice of cucumber.

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