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Saturday Smoothies: Mango Watermelon Medley

This delicious smoothie is inspired by memories of the agua frescas we drank on our travels in Central America in the 70s. Watermelon is the perfect refreshing fruit for a hot summer day. Combine it with mango and coconut milk and a half a lime for an amazing medley of flavors.

Mango Watermelon SmoothiesI’ve never forgotten the taste of the agua frescas my friends and I used to buy in market stalls when we traveled around Central America. My favorite was really sweet — watermelon chunks blended up with water, ice (and probably some sugar.) I was fascinated by the large jars of cut-up fruits and ice on the market shelves. Anyway, as I’ve been inventing smoothies this summer, I remembered those watermelon agua frescas and decided to try a watermelon smoothie. Next on my list is to try a real agua fresca. Maybe with guava.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups watermelon chunks (or about 1/4 of a mini watermelon) frozen
  • 1 mango
  • 2 cups coconut milk (for a lighter taste, use very cold water instead)
  • 4 cubes ice
  • 1/2 lemon or lime, peel and all
  •  1 cup fresh raspberries (optional)
  • 1 T sugar or 1 tsp. honey (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Add everything to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Taste for whatever level of sweetness you like and adjust.
  3. The lemon or lime you add should include the peel. The peel adds a fresh tangy flavor.
  4. I added the raspberries because the watermelon I bought had less flavor than I like, so I wanted to punch up the flavor. We had raspberries in the fridge so I tossed them into the mix.
  5. Enjoy the cool fresh flavor of this fruit medley!

watermelon mango smoothie