When it's nothing but hot and humid out, commercial fruit juices can feel like swallowing a sugar packet. The smitten kitchen blog offers up a solution of agua fresca, water that's perfectly balanced with natural fruit flavours and slight sweetness.
This recipe sits perfectly in the concentric centre of important summer recipe spheres. It's easy to make, it can be prepped ahead and served fresh with just a quick top-off, it's cheap, and it uses the season's fresh fruit. You'll need a lime or two, a melon somewhere near 2kg, cheesecloth or fine kitchen towels to filter the melon juice and soda water to serve.
Make the basic melon/lime mixture, stash it in the fridge, then spike it with the fizzy stuff (and any other clear liquids you'd like to enjoy) and pass out to grateful friends. Bring it to work in water bottles and you'll get to smirk while your co-workers beeline to the drinks machine.
melon agua fresca [smitten kitchen]