A licuado, from the Spanish term for liquefied, is a fresh fruit beverage made from blended fruit, milk or water and occasionally ice. Though licuados are served throughout Latin America, they are especially popular in Mexico, where they are one of many fruit based beverages. Any kind of fresh fruit or fruits can be used in to make licuados, depending upon availability and personal preference. Sweeteners, such as honey or sugar, are frequently added to licuados, though they are not always necessary due to the inherent sweetness of the fruit itself. Licuados are a refreshing addition to a hot summer day and a lovely alternative to other chilled beverages.
4 c watermelon, seeds removed and cut into chunks
2-4 c water
1 lime, thinly sliced
1. Place watermelon chunks in blender. Blend until watermelon is a thick liquid, stirring well so that all watermelon has been blended.
2. Place 2 cups water in a large beverage container, at least 8 cups in size. Pour in blended watermelon and thoroughly stir to combine. Add additional water if desired, up to 4 cups. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
3. Garnish with sliced lime and serve chilled. Maybe be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two.