Living in California, I have the great privilege of having delicious and authentic Mexican food at my fingertips. Dishes that celebrate the complex flavors of spices, chilies, bright herbs and sauces. L-O-V-E it!
To wash all the goodness down, I usually gravitate towards a well crafted margarita or cerveza. However, when I’m looking for something non-alcoholic to go along with my fav Mexican dishes, I opt for Aguas Frescas. Light, refreshing and a perfect compliment to the spices and heat.
My favorite type of Aguas Frescas is Tamarindo (tamarind) but with all the beautiful watermelon in season, I thought it would make a great alternative. I also threw in some fresh basil leaves to add a layer of herbaceous flavor and it was wonderful!
Super Easy. Super Refreshing. And Super Delicioso!
And with that—Have a Great Weekend, Friends!
Watermelon Basil Aguas Frescas
8 Cups Fresh Watermelon, roughly chopped
6-8 Large Basil Leaves
1 Cup Chilled Water
1/4 Lime Juice
Simple Syrup (optional)
In a blender, add watermelon, basil, water and lime juice. Blend until smooth. If additional sweetness is needed, add simple syrup 1 tablespoon at a time. Poor liquid through a sieve to strain. Serve chilled.