In the Kitchen with Sigona’s Featuring: Fresh Watermelon Beverages

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca is a light, refreshing fruit juice which originated in Mexico. This thirst-quencher is made by simply blending fruit with water and adding in a bit of lime. We like mint in ours, too. Add vodka or don’t; we’ll leave it up to you. Makes about 5 cups; serves 2 to 4.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups 1-inch-cubed watermelon   
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups water
  • 3 limes; 2 juiced, 1 sliced
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp Agave nectar or honey, to taste (you may not need it at all)
  • Ice, for serving

Directions: Working in batches if necessary, blend the melon, water and lime juice until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve (preferably mesh), pressing down on the pulp to extract as much juice as possible.

Note: Some like pulp, others don’t. Strain the mixture as much or as little as you wish.

To a pitcher, add the chopped mint and lime slices. Pour the juice mixture into the pitcher and stir to combine. Test the agua fresca for sweetness; add agave or honey if desired. Allow mixture to chill and sit for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Add ice to pitcher just before serving.

To serve: Add ice to individual glasses and pour the agua fresca over the top.

Watermelon & Raspberry White Sangria

Cool off with a glass of watermelon and raspberry sangria! We love using the Sauvignon Blanc by The Great American Wine Company from Rosenblum Cellars as it has a hint of peaches in its flavor profile. Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 1-inch-cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) sauvignon blanc
  • ¼ cup vodka, triple sec or St. Germain liqueur (mix it up! look for a fruit-flavored vodka)
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp honey, to taste (you may not need it)
  • Ice, for serving

Directions: Place fruit in a pitcher then top with the wine and vodka. Give it a stir and then chill for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

To serve: Add ice to individual glasses and pour the sangria over the top. If desired, scoop in some of the fruit.

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