Holding onto Summer until the very end (and possibly beyond) means I'm making the most of the late-season ingredients I have on hand, like luscious, sweet watermelon. I never need a recipe to indulge (straight from the rind will do just fine), but on a recent occasion I decided to turn it into something extra special--and supremely delicious. A refreshing, summer-y, mocktail of sorts: Watermelon Agua Fresca. Because that's what you do with leftover melon, right?
Anyway, it couldn't be simpler--or more perfect--to toast the final week or so of the official season. So here's to late summer indulgence in all its glory and to...
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Halved watermelon, cubed and seeds removed
Mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
Juice of 1 1/2 to 2 limes
Add watermelon to a blender and puree until smooth. Add in 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup simple syrup and lime juice and blend to combine. Check mixture for flavor and add more syrup or lime juice, to taste.
Strain mixture through a sieve and chill. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Mint Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Fresh mint leaves
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow sugar to fully dissolve and remove from the heat. Add mint leaves to the syrup and steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain syrup into a container and discard mint.