January 1, 2015
- 4 cups peeled, seeded, cubed ripe cantaloupe (from 1 medium cantaloupe)
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 ½ teaspoons agave syrup
Set a large strainer over a large bowl. Line the strainer with the cheesecloth. Combine 2 cups cantaloupe, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons basil, 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice, and 1 ¼ teaspoons agave syrup in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Repeat with the remaining cantaloupe, water, basil, lime juice, and agave. Discard the solids in the strainer.
Pour the cantaloupe agua fresca into a pitcher, add enough ice cubes to chill the drink, and serve over ice.