The Recipe ReDux: Cantaloupe Basil Agua Fresca Fizz

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Cantaloupe Basil Aqua Fresca Fizzies

I was eager to contribute to this month’s Recipe ReDux theme of “Summer Beverage” as this particular summer, I’ve been working on kicking the diet soda habit (so now it’s more of a weekly thing vs. a daily thing but still working on it.)

Inspired by the traditional Mexican aqua frescas or “fresh waters” that are becoming more mainstream, my refrigerator has been overloaded with little Tupperware containers of various fruit juices.

Assorted juices and simple syrups

My assorted juices come from the remnants of a cut watermelon, half of lemon leftover from a recipe or extra lime wedges that didn’t make it into a gin & tonic – all juiced with blender or my handy dandy wooden OXO reamer and stored into the fridge.

Lime with OXO wooden reamer

A supply of homemade simple syrup and steady stash of San Pellegrino and I’m ready to mix up a fizzy fruit mocktail whenever the mood hits.

A recent Twitter chat on basil (#spicechat on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 4 pm ET if you want to join in the fun!) got me thinking about experimenting with herb infused simple syrups. It was as easy as tossing in a handful of basil leaves in the pan with equal parts water and sugar then bringing to a boil for about a minute. I pureed a super ripe cantaloupe melon and a new summer drink was born.

Cantaloupe and Basil

Cantaloupe Basil Aqua Fresca Fizz

Makes 4 drinks

 

½ cup sugar

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.

Cantaloupe Basil Aqua Fresca Fizzies

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Comments

  1. Deanna, we think alike! But it sounds like your recipe would bring out the basil flavor much more than in my basil-melon fizz, where I didn’t boil/infuse the basil. Definitely will try this; sounds great.

  2. YUM! Looks delicious, can’t wait to make this at my next barbecue. I love an herb-infused drink! Very creative!

  3. Funny how many of us used basil in our drinks! I agree w/ Kat – I think infusing the basil in a simple syrup will definitely be a change I make to my Blueberry Basil Cooler. Thanks for the tip!

  4. I am loving the addition of basil in this drink. I tried a basil mojito this past weekend and just loved it. What a great idea!

  5. So glad you made Aqua Fresca! Last summer my husband and I were in Mexico with friends and every afternoon we were treated to a different flavor of aqua fresca-so delicious! Love your addition of basil!

  6. sounds delicious and refreshing! yum-mo!

  7. Did I miss the basil memo? Love to see all the beverages using basil- can’t wait to try it!

  8. Love the touch of basil in your agua fresca :)

  9. Im loving all the basil recipes, Ive never tried it in a drink!

  10. This looks super refreshing!! Great for kicking the diet soda habit :) I’ve been drinking smoothies to kick my coffee habit!!

  11. Another amazing basil beverage! Perfect for this time of year. Loving the color of your drink!

  12. Agree with the comment about the frequent use of herbs in this round of redux! It goes to show that healthy eaters take advantage of what’s in season!

  13. Love your no-food waste approach to summer sipping Deanna. I ALS love the use of herbs by the ReDuxers. And note the love of vodka too!,

  14. Love your no-food waste approach to summer sipping Deanna. I ALS love the use of herbs by the ReDuxers. And note the love of vodka too!

  15. DSD, this looks awesome! (and I mean both the recipes and the pics… good job!) I’m not a huge cantaloupe fan, but I think this might be right up my alley.

    …and can’t believe we haven’t discussed that we’re both on project Kick-The-Can? I’ve been diet soda free now for a few months… it has NOT been easy. Let’s compare notes ;-)

    Great job on The ReDux, my friend!

  16. It’s all about the basil! This looks so refreshing and since it was 100 degrees in Boston a few days ago I may have to whip up a batch. Thanks for another great recipe!

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