Take cantaloupe juice and fresh basil to make an agua fresca – a popular Mexican beverage
Author:by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
½ cup water
15 basil leaves, torn
½ large cantaloupe (about 3 ¼ cups cubed)
24 ounces seltzer
Basil leaves for garnish
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.
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.
*If you prefer no bubbles, replace seltzer with plain water as they do in Mexico. For an adult beverage, replace seltzer with Prosecco.