When Life Gives You Watermelons
Spike them with hibiscus tea and plenty of tequila
Inspired by classic aguas frescas, the refreshing fruit drinks sold by street vendors in Mexico, TT Drinks Editor Jim Meehan mixed fresh watermelon juice with tart hibiscus tea, agave syrup and a little blanco tequila.
You can prep his bright, floral, boozy update, aptly named Agua Fuerte, ahead of time, then quickly mix large batches right in the pitcher when you're ready to start drinking. It's the perfect thing to pour for big groups at summer parties.
To learn more, read "Melon Baller."
Watermelon Agua Fuerte
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 20 minutes
8 cups diced seedless watermelon
1½ tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
1½ cups water
3 cups tequila blanco, preferably Gran Centenario Plata
1 cup agave simple syrup (1 part nectar to 1 part water, boiled until nectar dissolves)
2 cups club soda
Watermelon balls, for garnish