I’ll Fight You For This Agua Fresca

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I saw a hummingbird this morning. Right in front of my face. You all know by now that I’m (too) into animal symbolism. One interpretation of a hummingbird visit is perseverance. Don’t give up on your dreams.

This month has been complicated, personally and professionally. I’ve laid my head down to cry many, many times this June. I’m stressed, over-worked, confused, indecisive, pissed off and down on myself.

But I’m also a fighter. I’m here to do the best I know how in this life, nothing less. So ok, I don’t really know how to run a coffee shop, but I’m learning. I’ve never actually made aqua fresca, but I’ve had the pleasure of drinking it and can follow a recipe.

Not knowing a thing isn’t going to stop me. Fear isn’t going to stop me. Ok, stress might stop me. But! This show must go on. Now is not the time for crying and feeling sorry. Now is the time for standing up, for flexing my creative muscles, for doing the very best that’s inside of me to do. And there is a lot of that left, a whole reserve, an infinite amount in fact.

So bring it. And go make some goddang agua fresca.

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

1/2 watermelon
1 cup organic sugar
3 litres plus 1 cup water
4 limes

Cut the watermelon into chunks and puree in a blender. Pass through a sieve and save the pulp for another use (smoothies!). Make a simple syrup with the sugar and 1 cup water. I do mine in the microwave, a couple minutes will do, or until sugar dissolves. Add lime juice, water and simple syrup to strained watermelon juice. Mix well and serve over ice. Enjoy!

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