There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold watermelon beverage. Serve this drink with a tiny wedge of watermelon on each glass and your friends will flip! We didn't tell you this... BUT this Watermelon Agua Fresca is also quite good with a splash of vodka.
3 small watermelons, sliced in half, with watermelon scooped out
(if you want to make our watermelon salad, keep the watermelon rinds)
6-8 inches of fresh ginger, peeled
Zest of 4 limes
Juice of 8 limes
8 tablespoons of simple syrup
1 1/2 cup tonic water
If you don't have simple syrup at home, combine 1 cup of sugar on the cooktop with 1 cup of water and heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool before using.
When hollowing out your watermelon, we recommend using an ice cream scoop. This helps the inside of the watermelon stay nice and rounded (which you will need if you make our watermelon salad). If the watermelon is not standing up on its own, cut a small round off of the base of the watermelon so that each half is stable.
Combine the watermelon, ginger, lime zest, lime juice, and simple syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.
Strain the juice through a mesh strainer to remove most of the pulp. You may want to do this step twice.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Top off each glass with a splash of tonic water and garnish with a tiny watermelon slice.
If you're still craving watermelon, try our "I Carried a Watermelon" salad featuring Jennifer Grey!