Spicy watermelon mint agua fresca

Spicy watermelon mint agua fresca

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spicy watermelon mint agua fresca

Spicy watermelon mint agua fresca

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: mix, blend, strain
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

Watermelon, lime, mint, honey and a dash of tabasco. A perfect slightly spicy accompaniment for a spicy Nandos chicken.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbspn lime juice
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • handful mint leaves
  • dash tabasco

Instructions

  • Mix honey and lime juice until combined.
  • In a blender, blend everything together.
  • Ideally strain at this point – otherwise you get my usual fluffy head.
  • Pour over ice and garnish with watermelon and mint.

Keywords: spicy watermelon mint aqua fresca

This was inspired by the fantastic collection of mocktails at http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/how-to/g785/best-mocktail-recipes/?slide=7

In my first attempt, not knowing what agua frescas actually were (still water and fruit blends), I butchered it by using soda water. This really wasn’t necessary – the flavour was awesome enough to not need a bubbly boost.

The original recipe uses sugar and jalapenos, but I’m currently experimenting with honey mocktails, and didn’t have any jalapenos hanging around.  The dash of tabasco added a hint of spice, that paired fantastically with a spicy nando’s chicken – even though it was only supposed to be a mild one.

This was pretty nice – an excellent drink for a summer evening.

water-ingred

Here are the starting ingredients for making a single drink.



Here is the cup of watermelon, before blending everything together.

water-cup



It really is best to stir the lime juice and honey together first, before throwing everything into the blender, to make sure everything mixes together well.
And yes you will get a frothy head, that you’d strain if you were working in a bar.

But it tastes nice, and that’s all that matters.

Lime Rickey

Lime Rickey

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lime rickey

Lime Rickey

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: muddle, stir
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

Originally this was going to be a Grenadine Lime Rickey, until I found a lovely recipe at Saveur.  Pure and simple, with lovely muddled wedges of lime at the base. A classic.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Lime-Rickey.
There’s also a great history of the significance of the Lime Rickey during prohibition at http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/04/lime-rickey-soda-fountain-history.html.  They’re right – a Lime Rickey is the closest thing to an adult drink, without alcohol. The tang of the lime – it really is air conditioning in a glass.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 lime, cut into quarters
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 250 ml soda water

Instructions

  • I got by with 1 lime for this recipe.
  • The first half, was quartered again, ready for muddling.
  • The second half was juiced and just managed to generate 30ml juice.
  • Add the lime quarters and the castor sugar to a tall glass.
  • Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddler, until the lime is crushed, and the sugar dissolving.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Stir a little with a straw or spoon.

Keywords: lime rickey

 Start with your tools: the all-in-one muddler, the juicer and the limes.
lime-start


Muddle the lime and sugar until the limes are well crushed, and the sugar dissolving.
lime-muddle


Add lots of ice, then add the 30ml of lime juice.
lime-glass


Fill the glass with soda water.  It’s definitely worth stirring again to make sure the flavours go all through the soda.

The benefit of this drink is that with a little stirring, you can keep topping up the soda water and make it last longer.

Variations include raspberry, cherry or grenadine.

Citrus Jewel

Citrus Jewel

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Citrus Jewel

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: stir
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

Based on the Bundaberg Brewed Blood Orange, with passionfruit for extra flavour.
The Blood Orange is a fantastic drink – sweet, refreshing, fizzy, all by itself.
But when you add passionfruit, and a dash of lime tartness, this really does become something special.

 


Ingredients

Scale
  • Bottle of Bundaberg Blood Orange
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • 1 passionfruit

Instructions

  • Add lime juice, orange juice and passionfruit to glass and stir.
  • Top with Bundaberg Blood Orange.
  • Garnish with orange slice.

Keywords: citrus jewel mocktail, blood orange, passionfruit

This came from https://www.bundaberg.com/cocktail/citrus-soda/ … but their photo looks so much better.

Lime slice and mint

Lime slice and mint

There are some herbs you always need in the garden – mint, italian parsley, basil and rosemary.
This is simply a slice of lime with a sprig of mint from the garden.
limeandmint

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