Melon Agua Fresca

Try this refreshing, cooling drink on a hot day!

  • 1 cup cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup chilled club soda or seltzer

Purée cantaloupe in batches with water in a blender. Transfer to a colander lined with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) or fine cheesecloth set over a deep bowl and let drain 1 hour. Gather ends of towel and very gently squeeze any remaining juice from melon, then discard solids.

Stir in lime juice, sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt and chill 1 hour. Pour into a glass and top off with club soda. Garnish: lime wedges; melon slices.

Note: Drink, without club soda, can be made 4 days ahead and chilled. Add soda just before serving.