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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Cucumber Melon - Agua Fresca

We've been having both beautifully sunny blue skies, and through downpours with some seriously hot, oppressive temperatures. Due to this sunny but wet weather we've picked a lot of cucumbers from our garden. Needless to say over the past few days we've been incorporating cucumbers into almost every meal!

One of my favorite refreshing summer drinks for these kinds of days are agua frescas. In Spanish, "Agua Fresca" means 'Cool Water', it's a cool drink simply made of fruit, water, and sometimes sugar. I've made them with a variety of different fruits like Strawberry-Cucumber, but this is the first time I've used Honeydew Melon.

This Agua Fresca is a great summer cooler, the cucumber melon flavors meld to offer a refreshingly crisp and light beverage; the addition of gin adds an extra layer of floral flavor for those hot summer nights. It's a great batch drink for parties and BBQ's.

Here is my recipe for this Refreshing Cucumber Melon - Agua Fresca:

Cucumber Melon - Agua Fresca

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)

Cucumber Melon - Agua FrescaIngredients

  • 1 Honeydew Melon, cubed
  • 1 Medium Cucumber, peeled & cubed
  • 3 cups Water
  • Ice
  • 2 oz. Gin


  1. Blend melon and cucumber together into a puree.
  2. Add cool water to the puree and sieve through a strainer.
  3. Pour the strained melon mix into a pitcher, add the gin and stir throughly. Add ice, and cucumber slices to individual glasses before serving.
Yield: 1 Quart
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Total time: 10 mins.
Tags: cucumber melon, agua fresca, cucumber melon agua fresca, drink recipes, cucumber melon gin cocktail, mixed drink, cool drink, summer drinks, vegetarian, vegan


  1. Cucumbers are often overlooked what a wonderful way to showcase its versatility.


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