Melon water–also known as “aguas de fruitas” or “agua fresca”–is a popular drink in Filipino and Mexican cuisine. Like the name implies, the drink traditionally is made by mashing a melon that’s in season with a fork, then adding a sweetener and water. You can use cantaloupe for the drink, but you also can substitute watermelon or honeydew, or use a combination of the three.

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Slice a medium-size cantaloupe in half with a long, straight-bladed knife.

Scoop out the melon’s seeds with a tablespoon and throw them away.

Cut both of the melon halves into long slices with the knife.

Cut the rinds off of the fruit slices with a steak knife and throw the rinds away.

Cut the cantaloupe slices into small cubes with the steak knife and put them in the blender. Add 1 cup of cold water to the blender.

Turn the blender on the puree setting and blend the cantaloupe and water until they are smooth. Use a wooden spoon to occasionally dislodge the contents in the bottom of the blender so everything is thoroughly pureed.

Pour 7 cups of water into a large pitcher.

Sit a large hand-held strainer on top of the pitcher.

Pour some of the pureed cantaloupe into the strainer. Stir the puree with the wooden spoon as it drains through the strainer to separate the liquid from the pulp. Strain the rest of the cantaloupe, a small amount at a time, in the same manner.

Stir the cantaloupe and the water with the wooden spoon until it’s completely blended.

Add 2 tbsp. of white granulated sugar or honey and stir it into the melon water.