Aguas frescas, or, an obsession begins

While waiting in line for my sandwich at Whole Foods a few weeks ago, I ogled the icy display of aguas frescas they had. For those who don’t know, agua fresca is a drink of fresh fruit juice with a little extra water, served ice cold. It is often made from melons, giving it a bright, beautiful hue. And Whole Foods smartly places them near a doorway right in the path of people coming inside from 100-degree weather.

In my current world, though, it’s always 100 degrees, even when I’m indoors. I used to wear pants and a sweater to work in the summer because the air conditioner made me so cold. But now that I’m carrying this lion baby, and I say lion based on my assumption that she must be covered in thick fur to be giving off this kind of heat, I’m incapable of getting cold. I know that I shouldn’t complain because people have had babies in this region for centuries without any air conditioner. Or ice cubes. My goodness, how did those pregnant ladies survive the summer without ice cubes? But I digress.

I’ve become obsessed with cold drinks, and given that a person can only imbibe so much lemonade, I decided to try making aguas frescas at home. I started with watermelon, which was a big hit with both Eleanor and Greg. Last weekend, I made strawberry watermelon. That was a bit more of a challenge because the strawberry seeds clogged my strainer, but it still took less than 10 minutes. I recommend serving them over ice or maybe just putting your pitcher in the freezer for a bit so that the juice is icy cold. Or maybe putting yourself in the freezer, if you can fit.

This photo was meant to capture our whole lunch on a recent Saturday, but all I can think about is that gorgeous agua fresca in the background. Have you seen anything as beautiful?