Sunday, May 31, 2015

SRC Orphan Rescue: Watermelon Agua Fresca


I'm on Orphan-detail today for the Secret Recipe Club - for someone in Group D - and I am thrilled to be cooking from I am a Honey Bee. What a fun, new-to-me blog. Nicole writes: "I love details and construction. I cook. I bake. I design. I clean. I don’t sleep enough." I'm right there with her. I definitely don't sleep enough.

One of the reasons I always volunteer to help out an SRC orphan is to meet new foodie bloggers. This week I was lucky enough to meet Nicole - or Nic as she is called more often than not. She warns, "But call me Nicki and you are going to be ignored."

I so get that. I am Camilla or Cam. But Cami is reserved for a select group of people - and only because I can't get them to stop.

There are so many recipes I love on this blog. I really love that she did an entire year of pies. Seriously. A new pie every Friday for the entire year of 2014. As soon as I see peaches at our farmers' market, I am baking her Streusel-Topped Peach Pie. And I know my Love will love her Bourbon Pecan Pie. She also has savory pies...such as her Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie.

We tried her Guilt-Free Cheesy Fiesta Popcorn and made her Watermelon, Tomato, Feta SaladLoved 'em both! But the recipe I decided to share is her Watermelon Agua Fresca. I just love that she has a collection of recipes called Thirsty Thursdays that includes a Grilled Peach-Jalapeno Margarita, a Red-White-and Blue Sangria, and a Raspberry-Lime Rickey. What fun!

Watermelon Agua Fresca
slightly adapted from I am a Honey Bee's Watermelon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

  • 1 mini seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 T ginger syrup or honey
  • juice of 2 organic Meyer lemons, to taste (Nic used limes, but I have a lemon tree)
  • 2 T fresh mint, chopped
  •  2 T fresh basil, chopped + more for garnish


Procedure
In a blender, puree together all of the ingredients. Pour into glasses and garnish with small basil leaves.


I will definitely be making this more throughout the summer and am looking forward to trying some of her adult variations - such as adding sparkling wine or vodka. Cheers!

9 comments:

  1. Watermelon agua fresca is one of my favorite summer drinks. I'm making a note to add a little mint and basil next time I make a pitcher.

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  2. How refreshing! I love ague fresco drinks, and just happen to have some watermelon on hand!!

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  3. awww thanks for saving me!!!!
    xoxoxoxo

    And I love this agua fresca! And totally jealous of your lemon trees.

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  4. Oh yeah, that looks amazing. It would be great for a hot summer day.

    I'm also running over to pin that grilled peach and jalapeno margarita because that sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Yum. Welcome to Group A this month Cam :) This just screams summer to me.

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  6. Fantastic, out. of. this. world. SRC pick!!! :-)

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  7. Great SRC choice! It looks so refreshingly delicious!

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  8. Perfect poolside drink - this sounds so refreshing!

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  9. I love watermelon agua fresca - and if I had my own lemon or lime tree, I'd be making it every night. But of course, I'm just going to the grocery store so I'll make a bit pitcher and hope it lasts a few days.

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