Danny Trejo Shares Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe: Details

Danny Trejo Shares Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe for Cinco de Mayo Parties: It 'Always Puts a Smile on People's Faces'
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Match for a fiesta! Danny Trejo’s Watermelon Agua Fresca mocktail makes the right addition to any Cinco de Mayo social gathering menu.

“You possibly can’t go unsuitable with our Watermelon Agua Fresca,” the Machete star, 78, completely reveals within the newest situation of Us Weekly. “It at all times places a smile on individuals’s faces. It’s bought the traditional colours of the agua frescas [from] old-school taco stands with the added kick of just a little cayenne and many contemporary lime juice.”

Trejo’s nonalcoholic recipe — which serves 4 and is featured in his new Trejo’s Cantina cookbook — is garnished with a Tajin-dusted watermelon dice to take it to the subsequent stage.

“Non-drinkers will adore it and folk who drink alcohol can at all times add just a little smoky mezcal if they need,” the Desperado actor tells Us.

Danny Trejo Shares Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe for Cinco de Mayo Parties: It 'Always Puts a Smile on People's Faces'

Whereas Trejo is a celebrated motion star, he has a hidden ardour for cooking. The California native, who owns a series of Trejo’s Tacos eateries in Los Angeles, launched his second cookbook, Trejo’s Cantina: Cocktails, Snacks & Wonderful Non-Alcoholic Drinks From The Coronary heart Of Hollywood, earlier this month. The tome is devoted to the non-drinking and restoration communities in honor of Trejo’s 50 years of sobriety.

The Spy Children actor, who initially lower out alcohol in 1968, additional explains to Us that making the Aqua Frescas forward of time will make pre-party internet hosting duties simpler.

“It’s all about doing stuff forward so you may cling. Premixing drinks goes to make your life rather a lot simpler. You wish to be taking part in host not bartender,” he tells Us. “The morning of your social gathering, combine up a batch of agua frescas for the individuals who don’t drink alcohol [and] for the parents who do drink, the Social gathering Monster Margarita from the brand new cookbook goes to present you that traditional frozen margarita taste.”

Trejo’s recipes sometimes use “tremendous contemporary” juices from season fruit, however he admits that there’s “nothing like” utilizing frozen limeade focus to get a margarita’s texture and taste good.

“Social gathering responsibly. Make certain all people has a delegated driver, and in the event that they don’t, name them an Uber, or, should you actually like them, drive them your self,” he notes. “One of many nice issues about being clear and sober all these years is I can drive anybody wherever any time of day or evening.”

Trejo additionally recommends complementing his Watermelon Agua Fresca with a Cinco de Mayo taco bar.

“You bought to be versatile nowadays. It was an LA factor however now so many people have dietary restrictions or wish to eat more healthy so you need to be sure to’ve bought vegetarian choices on high of your classics like asada,” the Renegades actor explains of his cooking hacks. “Make a jackfruit Tinga for the vegetarians and for the carnivores make birria tacos. And having pots of rice and beans on the aspect is sweet means of constructing positive you’ve gotten sufficient meals for everybody with out breaking the financial institution.”

Preserve scrolling to learn to combine Trejo’s Watermelon Agua Fresca, and choose up the newest situation of Us Weekly for much more festive Cinco de Mayo inspiration:


2 cups cubed watermelon

2 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ tablespoons contemporary lime juice

 teaspoon cayenne pepper


4 Tajín-dusted watermelon cubes, for garnish


  1. In a blender, mix the watermelon, 1 cup water, the sugar, lime juice and cayenne and mix till clean. Pressure the combination by way of a fine-mesh sieve right into a 1-quart container (discard the pulp).
  2. To serve, pour into ice-filled rocks glasses and garnish every with a dice of Tajín-dusted watermelon.