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Honeydew-Mint Mist

(recipe, Brian Preston-Campbell)

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This refreshing beverage is inspired by agua de melón, a traditional Mexican drink. I removed the white-cane sugar from the original for this more healthful version. Mint adds a clean, herbal note to the sweet green flavor of the honeydew.


  1. 1 cup ripe honeydew melon chunks (about ¼ melon)
  2. 15 large, fresh mint leaves
  3. 4 cups chilled still water


  1. Purée all the ingredients together in a blender. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Chill well before serving.


To find perfectly ripe honeydew, simply smell the stem end of the fruit (this end has a bigger circular blemish, distinguishing it from the blossom end). If you smell fresh, ripe melon, then it’s ready for use.