By Pati’s Mexican Table 

What better way to end the season than with a big party? Pati throws a neighborhood bash and cooks up the easiest and best Mexican-themed dishes that would be a huge hit at any party. And what better accessory to a Mexican fiesta than a giant piñata? Pati also gets the chance to visit a Piñata maker in the central market of Morelia.

Agua Fresca de Sandia, Melón, Limón y Coco

Serves 16

INGREDIENTS

– 12 cups cubed, seeded watermelon (about 1 8-pound watermelon)
– 4 cups cubed cantaloupe
– 2 cups coconut water
– 1/3 cup honey
– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes juiced)
– 1 liter seltzer water
– Lime slices, to garnish
– Mint leaves, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Working in batches, combine the watermelon, cantaloupe, coconut water, honey and lime juice in a blender. Pulse until well pureed. If desired, pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Refrigerate in a large punch bowl until well chilled, about 2 hours.

Serve with a splash of seltzer and garnish with lime slices and mint leaves.

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