I first tasted watermelon juice in Mexico. There was a pitcher of it on the breakfast buffet every morning, and I must’ve guzzled a gallon of it by the end of my trip. When I returned home, I started tossing cubes of watermelon in the blender to recreate the magic. Sipping it on my patio in Ohio didn’t transport me back to the Riviera Maya, but it still became a summertime staple.
So when I was flipping through the new cookbook Smoothie-licious and saw a recipe for a strawberry watermelon smoothie–made with strawberries, watermelon, lime, cilantro, and a touch of sweetener–I knew I had to try it.
I love this new twist on my plain watermelon juice. I liked it without any agave at all–but a drizzle will make it even sweeter. And while I found the cilantro refreshing, this drink would be good without it too (or you can sub in basil or mint).
Strawberry-Watermelon Agua Fresca
- 2 cups watermelon cubes
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- ½ teaspoon lime juice
- 4 sprigs cilantro or basil or mint
- Agave nectar to taste
- Add the watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and cilantro to the blender.
- Cover and blend until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds.
- Taste for sweetness, adding agave nectar if desired.
Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love includes recipes for 75 smoothies and whole-fruit juices such as Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate, Pretty In Pink Slumber Party Smoothie, and Granola Bar In A Glass. They’re made with wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit, greens, and seeds–and no refined sugar. Smoothie-licious was written by Jenna Helwig, the food editor at Parents magazine.