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Cantaloupe Basil Agua Fresca Fizz

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: Serves 4


Take cantaloupe juice and fresh basil to make an agua fresca – a popular Mexican beverage


  • ½ cup water
  • 15 basil leaves, torn
  • ½ large cantaloupe (about 3 ¼ cups cubed)
  • 24 ounces seltzer
  • Basil leaves for garnish


  1. In a small pan over medium heat, add sugar, water and basil. Stir frequently until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit for one hour. Remove basil leaves or run through a strainer.
  2. In a blender, add cantaloupe. Blend until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer. (Yields about 2 cups of strained cantaloupe juice.) For each serving, mix ½ cup cantaloupe juice, ¾ cup seltzer and 4 teaspoons basil simple syrup. Garnish with 1 or 2 basil leaves in the drink.
  3. *If you prefer no bubbles, replace seltzer with plain water as they do in Mexico. For an adult beverage, replace seltzer with Prosecco.