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I have a binder where I keep all my tried and true recipes. It started as a family cookbook for my sister and myself, made for us when we moved out and started college. Since then, I’ve added to it quite a bit. But in looking through it, I’m noticing that it has some weak areas. Some areas where I really don’t have many recipes, which means it’s time to remedy the problem! One of the more barren sections is the beverage section. Thankfully, I’ve tried a few tasty drinks over the last few weeks that I’ve added to my collection, and will be sharing with you soon, too!

This tasty drink is an agua fresca, or a water refreshment, and is very common in Mexico and Central America. It’s essentially water and fruit, with some sugar. Hence, pretty healthy, and tasty!! This recipe can be adapted to most other fruits, or even cucumber. And yes, I realize summer is technically ending soon, but the heat isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so kick back and enjoy some refreshing fruit water!Agua de Sandia (Watermelon Water)

4 cups seedless watermelon, diced
1 cup water, divided
½ teaspoon salt
1 lime, juiced
½ cup sugar

In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, combine ½ cup water and sugar to make a simple syrup. Heat until sugar is fully dissolved; set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, place half the diced watermelon in blender with ¼ cup water and blend until smooth. Pour watermelon mixture into a pitcher. Repeat with remaining watermelon and ¼ cup water. Add lime juice and salt to the watermelon mixture; stir to combine. Stir in ¼ cup of the simple syrup; taste for sweetness and add more simple syrup as needed, or add more water if desired. Mix well and enjoy over ice.

Source: Adapted from Sweet Life

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