Sunday, June 26, 2011

Agua de Melon (Canteloupe Water)

In the small kitchen of a quaint house in central Mexico, a tiny, sweet lady gently explains to a clueless American how to make the simplest of drinks.

"Como se lama?" I ask once again, waiting for Maria to slowly tell me how to say the name of the drink.

"Agua de Me-lon!" she yells over the roar of the blender.

For many years, I made this recipe until life took over and I forgot about Mexico.  But, years later with children of my own, I find myself remembering how to make simple dishes like these.  I love to share them and their stories with my angels, as memories of a younger me fill the room.

Agua de Melon (Canteloupe Water)
1 canteloupe
3 C water
1/4 C sugar
  1. Remove the peel and seeds from a canteloupe.
  2. Cut into 1-2 inch pieces.
  3. Place 1/2 of the pieces in a blender.
  4. Add 1 1/2 C water.
  5. Blend on high until the canteloupe is liquid.
  6. Pour this through a strainer into a pitcher.
  7. Repeat Steps 4-6 with the remainder of the watermelon.
  8. Taste the drink and add sugar in small amounts until sweet.
  9. Chill and enjoy!

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