Big & Little: Minted Melon

I suspect that some of you have been baking in the summer heat these days.

A few days ago I had veggies to roast but I could not bring myself to turn on the oven.
Peanut was lying on the floor in nothing but his diaper and looking slightly wilted.
Well, as wilted as a moose can look.

So I decided to make us both something refreshing.

What could be more refreshing then sweet summer melon and the cool touch of mint?

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I've broken these down into 2 very, very simple recipes.

I did them each twice using both cantaloupe and honeydew
but you could just pick your favorite and stick with it.

Each recipe uses half of a melon (both about 4 lbs) but could easily be adjusted to use the whole melon
or more for one recipe and less for the other.

Make sure your melon is ripe!
Ripe melon = yummy sweetness

"I cantaloupe, I cantaloupe"  "Please honeydew, please honeydew"

Get it?  Can't-elope? Honey-do?

Anyone else say that or was it just my mom?

I say that in my head whenever I see either one of those...every.time.

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When B and I lived in LA above Grand Central Market we would head downstairs 
to this amazing booth that sold tons and tons of different kinds of agua fresca.

It's basically a drink made from fresh fruit and very little else.
The possibilities really are endless.

Minted Melon Agua Fresca
-adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Half of a 4 lb cantelope or honeydew (or 1 small 2 lb melon), 
seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes, roughly 4 cups
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup of mint leaves
1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice
pinch of salt
2 cups club soda

extra mint for steeping or garnishing

Add melon, water and mint leaves to your blender and puree.
Place a colander lined with cheesecloth, a kitchen towel 
OR a muslin swaddler for your baby drawer :)
over a deep bowl, add the puree and let it drain for about an hour.
Gather the towel/swaddler and gently squeeze any excess juice.  
Throw away the solids, stir in remaining ingredients and taste.
If you want more mint flavor add in a few sprigs of mint before chilling

Chill for at least an hour, it should be ice cold when served.

Pour into 4 glasses and top with 1/2 cup of club soda each.

*Agua Fresca Variations
-hold the club soda and serve this to your little
-Add vodka but don't mix it up with the ones you set aside for your kids
-Try this with watermelon although you may want to cut back on the water a bit
-Omit the water and soda and freeze these as popsicles

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Now on to the baby food.
This puree is refreshing and Peanut really enjoyed eating it straight from the fridge.
I'm sure it was cooling for a hot day and 
probably a relief from the 4 teeth that popped up in the last 10 days.

This recipe could easily be cut in half.
Also note that the puree in the pictures had less mint and I ended up adding more later.
I added apples for texture more then anything as the real star here is the melon.

Minted Melon Puree
Half of a 4 lb cantelope or honeydew (or 1 small 2 lb melon), 
seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes, roughly 4 cups
2 apples, peeled, seeded, cored and cut into chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons of minced mint

Steam your apple chunks or simmer in 1 tablespoon of water, 
until the apples are fork tender.
Allow the apples to cool.
Puree the apples, melon and mint.


-Leave out the mint (or add more if you like)
-Try this with watermelon
-Mix with peach or blueberries
-Instead of mint substitute a small amount of grated ginger.
I would start with 1/4 teaspoon and taste, adding more if needed
-For older kids serve this semi-frozen, like a healthy slushy or granita

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

Cantaloupe is packed with potassium, beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin A.
Honeydew also has loads of fiber and potassium as well as calcium, magnesium and vitamin C.


  1. That looks so good on a hot day! I really need to invest in some popsicle molds so I can make this stuff for the boys.

  2. I'm really looking forward to making this for me and the kids. It sounds so refreshing.

  3. I just made it--it's wonderful!!!


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