By Emily Gertenbach
I’m a big fan of Cinco de Mayo, as are many people in the United States. It’s fun! It’s in May, so it’s kind of warm! It’s a great reason to drink Margaritas and celebrate Mexican culture! I had a suspicion, though, that there was probably a more historical basis to the day that I was unaware of. A quick trip over to The History Channel's site enlightened me: Cinco de Mayo is actually commemorating part of the Franco-Mexican war, when the Mexican army achieved victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Regardless of where you are from, it's a great day to indulge in some delicious, traditional Mexican drinks. Aguas Frescas, literally translated as fresh waters, refers to a number of light and refreshing beverages commonly made from fruits, cereals, flowers, seeds, and water. You can make aguas frescas with a wide array of ingredients, but to encourage summer’s slow arrival here in Pennsylvania, we’re making a vibrant, cool, watermelon version!
Watermelon Agua Fresca
- 1 cup cubed seedless watermelon
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 lime, sliced
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- Sugar to taste
- Divide your watermelon cubes into portions that are manageable for your blender. Blend the watermelon, pulsing as needed, until it forms a smooth puree. Repeat until all of the watermelon is pureed.
- Gently stir the watermelon puree in a large pitcher or bowl and add the 2 tablespoons of water. Slowly add in sugar to taste.
- Place 1 lime slice and 3 mint leaves in the bottom of a mason jar mug or other glass and muddle them gently.
- Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the watermelon puree. Garnish with additional lime slices and mint. This recipe makes two servings of watermelon agua fresca.
Check back later this week for another delicious Cinco de Mayo beverage!