1 (3-pound) ripe cantaloupe or other small melon, cut into large dice (about 4 cups)
3 cups cold water
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1/2 lime)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar, plus more as needed
Agua fresca means “fresh water” in Spanish, and that’s exactly what this drinks is: a refreshing water-based beverage. Made up of little more than fresh fruit, citrus juice, and water, aguas frescas are the perfect way to cool down when it’s hot outside.
What to buy: Look for the ripest melons available in the produce section—the riper the melons, the less sugar you’ll have to add to the recipe. A ripe melon should be fragrant, heavy for its size, and should yield slightly to pressure at the stem end.