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Watermelon cooler (agua de sandia)

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 14
Watermelon cooler (agua de sandia)
(Los Angeles Times)
1

Combine sugar and water in saucepan and bring to boil. Cook until clear, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Cover syrup and chill 1 hour or until ready to use.

2

Cut off 6-pound piece of watermelon and, using melon scoop, form melon balls. Place in covered container and chill until party time.

3

Cut fruit from remaining rind and puree. You should have about 8 cups puree. Cover and chill 1 hour or until party time.

4

To make drinks, fill each glass 2/3 full with watermelon puree, 2 tablespoons simple syrup or to taste, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 shot tequila, if desired. Add a few ice cubes and top off glass with club soda. Stir in several watermelon balls.


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