Sparkling summer juice

It’s early September and 90+ degrees outside. Usually I find myself complaining about the temperature outside, but this year I find myself acknowledging it and rolling with it. Maybe this has something to do with watching The Complaint Free Revolution videos that Pathik has finally succeeded in getting me to watch. It’s good stuff, so don’t put it off for 3 years like I did.

Anyway, while I still have my shorts, tanks, and flip-flops at the front of my wardrobe, I still find my mind wandering to the reminisces of feeling the crisp fall air on my face, watching the orange leaves floating slowly to the ground, the feel of ankle boots and skinny jeans, and the joy of apple picking in the orchard and making apple pies. Let’s not forget the sweet smell of apple cider and the warmth that slowly pours through my body as I drink it. As much as these warm drinks give me comfort, I also love the fresh taste of summer drinks.

Just recently I came across a recipe for Watermelon-Strawberry Agua Fresca in a magazine. I really don’t remember what magazine, but at least I’m letting you know it’s not mine. I guess the purpose of this recipe is to use up bruised fruit that you might not want to present in a dish, but I definitely am not that critical of my fruit. I made this recipe for its fresh, rejuvenating taste.

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 mint sprigs
1 tbs thinly sliced fresh ginger
pinch of salt
2 cups seedless watermelon
2 cups hulled strawberries
1 bottle sparkling water * I used lemon sparkling water, and this added a nice refreshing touch to the drink.

1. Simmer water with sugar until the latter dissolves. Remove from heat and add the mint.
2. Add ginger and salt and let sit for 10 minutes.
3. Combine all the ingredients in a blender, puree.
4. Pour over ice, top with sparkling water.

*optional: top with more mint sprigs- this really helps the flavor come out!

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