Do you ever find plain old water to be kind of boring? It’s refreshing and hydrating, but it simply lacks in flavor making it more of an effort for me sometimes. Last year when I went to Xoco to photograph Rick Bayless making his Champurrado for Lucky Peach Magazine, they introduced me to Watermelon Water to keep me hydrated during the shoot. It was so delicious and I haven’t been able to forget about it.
With the weather being so beautiful lately, I would normally infuse water with lemons or cucumbers to have on hand, but I decided to take an extra step and make Watermelon Water instead. I found several recipes online and they’re all very similar using watermelon and water as the main ingredients. You can add a touch of sugar as well, but the key flavors for me was adding lime juice and using mint for garnish.
It tastes like spring is finally here.
3 cups, diced seedless watermelon
4 cups cold water
2 limes juiced
Note: You can start with 1 lime and add more to taste
Lime wedges for garnish
Mint leaves for garnish
Optional: 1/4 cup sugar, if desired
1. Place all ingredients, except lime wedges and mint, in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: After blending, I poured the watermelon water into a large bowl and used an immersion blender to get it extra smooth. Then, I added it to a pitcher with ice.
2. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime wedges or mint leaves.
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.