Save the seeds from peak-season summer melons and use them to make this creamy and refreshing agua fresca. Garnish with sliced melon or fresh mint sprigs to add a fragrant punch to this summer cooler.
- 1 1/2 cup cantaloupe or honeydew seeds (from about 2 melons) with pulp from just around the seeds (no need to wash them!)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Ice for serving
In a blender, purée 4 cups water, cantaloupe seeds, honey, ginger and vanilla. Work in batches, if necessary. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher and strain contents of the blender, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the remaining solids. Taste agua fresca and stir in more honey if desired. Serve over ice.
Per serving: about 1 1/4 cups, 100 calories (10 from fat), 1.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 22g carbohydrates (0g dietary fiber, 19g sugar), 1g protein.
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