Aqua Fresca di Frutta
1 large cantaloupe or 1/2 a watermelon, seeded and diced (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar, plus more to taste
2 to 3 limes, juiced
This and other similar fruit drinks, which translate literally as "fresh water," are served all over Mexico and they're a cinch to replicate at home. The key is to strain the pulpy fruit to make a clearer liquid. Instead of melon, you could use strawberries, pineapple, mango, or any fruit that is soft enough to puree.
Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello