Today the girls and I went to the store and paid a lot of money for a local melon. The smell of it drove me wild in the car.
I cut the thing open, and we went at it with spoons. There was juice everywhere. I put a stop to the frenzy after we had finished one half.
Then, we made agua fresca.
1/2 of a medium sized cantaloupe or honeydew or strange heirloom local melon
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
juice of one lime
10 mint leaves, finely chopped
optional: 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Combine the melon and cucumber and maple syrup, if using, in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and add the lime, zest, and mint. Add 2 cups of water and chill until ready to drink. Serve over ice.