Job got you down? It’s summertime and I’m sure there are many places you’d rather be than sitting behind a desk, toiling away for the man, all while you could be downing a refreshing beverage on a beach somewhere. Or a boat. Or a park. I’m sure an alleyway would suffice with this glorious Agua Fresca in your hand. This recipe is virgin, because you know, the kids. But I highly suggest throwing in some vodka, gin or tequila, because you know, the kids.
1 cantaloupe, chopped into large chunks
3 cups water
Juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
10-15 basil leaves, chopped
In a blender add the cantaloupe, water, lime juice, honey and salt. Puree until completely smooth. Strain through some cheesecloth, making sure to squeeze out all the liquid from the pulp*. Add the basil and let steep in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Serve this refreshing beverage over ice. If you’re feeling frisky, you can make a cocktail out of it by just adding your favorite hooch. Happy summer!
*Note: Save the pulp and chuck it in the freezer. Add it to your morning smoothie- waste not want not!