Watermelon Fresca

No, this is not an announcement about a new flavor of your favorite soft drink.

My friend Ana told me about a great recipe for agua fresca in the New York Times.  I told her I would use it in a cocktail, so here you go.

By the way, agua fresca is a refreshing mixture of fruit, sugar and water.

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I chose watermelon and the hardest part was waiting the hour for it to chill in the fridge.

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First up, I tried a gin cocktail.

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Watermelon Blossom
2 oz. G’vine gin
1 oz. Dolin dry
3 strawberries
5 mint leaves
2 oz. watermelon agua fresca
juice of 1/2 lime
dash salt

rough cut strawberries and muddle with mint and a dash of salt.  add gin, dry vermouth, lime and agua fresca and shake with ice.  strain into chilled up glass and garnish with (massive!) strawberry

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Next, it was time for dark rum.

Rum Roller
2 oz. Gosling’s
2 oz. watermelon agua fresca
3 strawberries
5 mint leaves
juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon of sugar

muddle strawberries, mint and sugar.  add ice, rum, lime and agua fresca and shake.  Strain into rocks glass (with fresh ice, large cubes) and garnish with mint.

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The recipes were similar, but the results were quite different.  The Watermelon Blossom cocktail was light, fruity and the alcohol was barely detectable – think dangerous party punch.  The Rum Roller was fuller-bodied with an underlying spiciness and a warm finish.

More agua fresca experiments to come.

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