When Andrea and I honeymooned at El Dorado Maroma in Mexico in 2010, each day at lunch, they would provide us with these infused waters. Everyday had a different infusion and it was always refreshing to start off the day with this fresh tasting beverage.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo today, I present to you my version of an infused water. This recipe is a bit of an oxymoron. As you drink it, you start by getting the nice sweet and tart flavours of the fruit, but after a few seconds, you get the slow burn of the jalapeño pepper that hits you in the back of the throat. It's quite an experience.
Spicy Watermelon and Raspberry Agua Fresca
1/2 of a seedless watermelon
1 pint of raspberries
1 inch piece of ginger
1/4 cup of mint leaves
juice of 1 lime
1/2 of a jalapeño pepper
2 tbsp of agave nectar (or sugar)
Place all ingredients in the blender. Fill up blender with water right to the top and blend at high speed for 2-3 minutes. If you have two many ingredients for one blender, you can make it in two batches. It will be diluted a bit more but still be tasty.
After blending, strain it through a fine mesh strainer into a serving jug. This will remove most of the pulp and seeds and leave you with the fine tasting fruity water to be served.
This can be served on ice. You can add 1.25 ounces of white rum if you want to make it an adult drink. If you want to make it a bit more interesting, you can top it off with 2 ounces of club soda.
This is a great refreshing drink to accompany any BBQ meal. Goes particularly well if you are serving tacos or grilled meat.
Hope you enjoy. If you try it, let me know in the comments below.