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We Can’t Succeed All of the Time

21 August 2009

I’ve made several delicious recipes I have found over at smitten kitchen. Yesterday, when I saw her post on agua fresca, I knew I wanted to try it — muscatine melons (local variety of cantaloupe) are in season right now, I’ve got a thing for summer beverages (as you know), and we had to do some school supply shopping (so a trip to the grocery store wouldn’t be out of our way).

Not one for much creativity when someone else has done all the work, I also made two kinds: orange from a muscatine melon, and green from a honeydew.

Agua fresca, in process

After their one-hour dripping, I was disappointed that so much of the melons was left behind as solids — it felt like a lot of waste to me. But, I kept calm and carried on, adding the lime juice, sugar, and salt.

Summer-colored liquids

At dinner-time (which had given the juice time to chill completely), I excitedly offered everyone their choice of green or orange juice. Everyone chose honeydew.

Chilled melon juice

So I poured some into everyone’s glass, added seltzer water to fill the glass, and I added ice in mine to keep it super-cool.

Agua fresca

Doesn’t it look lovely?

Well, it tastes like Pedialyte.

I’m hoping the muscatine version will taste better — since it’s local, I have a feeling it will have more flavor than the trucked-in honeydew. Sadly, I think I will be the only one drinking it. The girls were completely turned off by the taste (and I’m talking 1/4 teaspoon salt in the jar — it wasn’t very much at all!)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 21 August 2009 9:54 pm

    How about a great watermelon? The juice is so refreshing for me.

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      22 August 2009 3:14 pm

      Yes! Someone else commented on smitten kitchen with a link to a watermelon/ginger agua fresca. I may try it out, but like I said — no salt!

  2. 24 August 2009 1:03 pm

    I love Smitten Kitchen, and I was eyeing a watermelon just yesterday…bummed to hear that the result wasn’t spectacular.

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      27 August 2009 7:26 am

      Yup. But the successes still outweigh the failures, but I will def. try another style with a watermelon!

  3. 26 August 2009 9:47 am

    I didn’t know of Smitten Kitchen…my word what wonderful recipes! Thanks!

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