Invitation food blogger Lauren McElwain gets to experience unique flavors from across the globe without even leaving her hometown as the coordinator of Tupelo’s Cooking as a First Language international cooking classes. At a recent Mexican cooking class, taught by her friend, Irma Cubillo, she was inspired by two recipes: Sandia Loca and Cucumber Water. She combined the two to create this refreshing drink.
Recipe and photograph by Lauren McElwain
Half of a ripe watermelon
6 cups water
½ cup sugar
Juice of 6 limes, 1 lemon and 1 orange
Blend the meat of the watermelon along with about a cup of water, until smooth.
Strain blended watermelon through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher to separate out most of the clumps.
Add water, sugar and citrus juice to the pitcher, and stir well.
Cover and chill for about 4 hours. Serve over ice in glasses rimmed with colored sugar, if desired.
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