This drink is super bright and fresh -- it just screams summer! Make sure to choose a good, flavorful melon, because it's such a simple drink. Fresh watermelon juice is dressed up with a little sugar and lime juice, but otherwise it's just watermelon all the way -- so refreshing! Technically you can skip the strainer if you don't have one, but personally I prefer a smoother drink. This keeps well in the fridge for a day or two if you'd like to make it ahead. You can also add a little tequila or vodka if you want to serve it as a cocktail.
Watermelon Agua Fresca (adapted from the New York Times)
4 cups cubed watermelon
1-1/2 cups water
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1 T sugar
Mint leaves, to garnish (optional)
Combine the watermelon, water, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pass through a fine mesh strainer. Taste and add more water or sugar if you like. Pour over ice and garnish with mint.