This cantaloupe mint agua fresca Cantaloupe is a refreshing summer drink for any hot day.
Let’s start this Monday off with a little art lesson:
Orange + green = pukey mustard yellow/green. AKA: the most unappetizing color that exists.
Art class wasn’t my forte. I actually have a clear memory of a 4th grade project that involved painting a self-portrait and being called out in front of the entire class for my nose looking like an upside down mushroom by the teacher. She became the high school art teacher years later when I was a sophomore, had a baby and something apparently went wrong with the epidural leaving her to walk with a limp for the next couple of years. Can’t say I didn’t want to walk up to her and whisper “remember those self portraits? Karma’s a bitch, huh?”.
I usually avoid melon. It’s just not my fruit of choice. Honeydew, cantaloupe…eh. Watermelon…ok, but it has to be cold. For some reason though in this unbearable 95+ degree weather we’ve been having for over a week though, it was calling to me in the store and all I could think of doing was freezing it and blending it up for a nice refreshing pale orange drink.
So I did, but then I added mint at the last minute to kick the refreshing thing up another notch and unfortunately while that was a great flavor decision, it was a horrible appearance one.
Like the upside down mushroom nose, let’s just look past this artistic mishap, pull out our blenders and get our drink on because when it’s 95 and so humid you can barely breathe when you step outside, I don’t care what color is in the glass as long as it’s tasty & cold.
- 2 cups cubed cantaloupe, frozen
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger (this adds a bit of spice, use less or omit if you don't want that flavor)
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- 11/2 cups water
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with more mint.