Melon Agua Fresca Recipe

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Melon Agua Fresca
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This non-alcoholic sipper uses the sweetness of fresh melon against the savory nip of basil for a perfect morning libation.
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  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon zest plus juice of 1 lime (save the squeezed fruit halves)
  • ½ medium cantaloupe, rind removed and flesh coarsely chopped
  • ½ small honeydew melon, rind removed and flesh coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sparkling water
  • Ice
  1. Use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to grind together the sugar, basil and lime zest until finely ground. Transfer to a small plate and set aside.
  2. In a blender, purée the cantaloupe and honeydew, then strain through a fine mesh sieve and into a pitcher. Stir in the lime juice and sparkling water.
  3. Halve the squeezed lime halves and use them to rim 4 tall glasses. Dip the rim into the prepared sugar mixture. Add a few ice cubes (or crushed ice) to each glass and then pour the agua fresca over the ice. Serve.
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