We don’t wanna be seasonists, but Spring is secretly our favorite season here at Jungalow. The flowers are in full bloom, the days are longer, and we get to dine al fresco again. We recently had a picnic in the park just a few blocks from our studio (even our intern, Dolly Parton Doodle, joined us!) We enjoyed our lunch while Dolly enjoyed running circles around us! It was pretty perfect.
If you’re planning a picnic or an al fresco dinner party with your homies, we’ve got a super yummy (and easy) recipe for a fragrant watermelon aqua fresca – with a twist! Usually, this type of aqua fresca is made with watermelon, water, and sugar but you know we love mixing things up ’round here, so we thought we’d bring some Moroccan vibes to this traditionally Mexican beverage. We substituted regular water for rosewater, cut out the sugar all together, and threw in some fresh mint leaves.
Ok, want to know how to get this goodness into your belly? Here’s what you’ll need:
Let’s get started! Cube up your watermelon and fill the blender up to its maximum capacity line. If you have a bunch of watermelon cubes left over after you fill the blender up, you can blend the first batch of cubes for a few seconds to open up some more space and then throw in the remainder of the cubed watermelon. Next, hand tear 8-10 mint leaves (if you love mint, you can definitely add more!) into the blender.
Add one teaspoon of rosewater to the mint and watermelon in your blender. One teaspoon may not sound like a lot, but it goes a long way! Rosewater has a perfume-like quality so too much of it can overwhelm your tastebuds. Start out with one teaspoon and, if after you’ve taste tested it, you’d like more, you can always add another teaspoon.
Throw in a few ice cubes to keep the mixture cool and fresh. Ok, now you’re ready to blend it all together on the highest setting.
We found that one blender made enough fresca for 2 – 3 people. But if you want more servings, just repeat the same steps. And that’s it! Now you have a super yummy, fragrant, cool drink that you can garnish with some fresh mint or a tiny slice of watermelon on the glass rim, and share with all the homies! Add a splash of vodka or tequila if you want to make this an adult drink.
Another benefit of this refreshing rosewater watermelon agua fresca? It’s the perfect match for our Botanicals on Blush kitchen towel. You just can’t get any cuter!