If you’ve never had an agua fresca, basically, it’s water flavored with fresh fruit, sometimes some herbs, and sweetened with a little sugar, simple syrup, honey, agave, etc. to taste. This Watermelon Augua Fresca is super light and refreshing. It makes a great addition to a summer barbecue, ladies lunch, or backyard reception.
- Sweeteners – You’ll notice there are several options for sweeteners. I prefer a simple syrup, which is just equal parts water and sugar boiled together and then cooled. For this particular recipe, I like to toss a handful of mint leaves into the boiling syrup, then strain the syrup before using. The mint provides a subtle depth to an otherwise pretty straightforward flavor profile.
How to Make Watermelon Agua Fresca
- First, place watermelon and water in a blender. I love my Blendtec.
and blend for about 30 seconds.
2. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Add lime juice and sweeten to taste with honey, agave, or simple syrup. Serve over ice with mint sprigs. Makes 4-6 servings.
This light, refreshing agua fresca is a great all around summer drink. Check out our Latin section for dinner ideas. If you are looking for more beverages like this, consider these:
- Can I make this ahead of time? In general, anything made with lime juice is going to be at its best within a few hours of making it. Feel free to cut up your watermelon and get your simple syrup ready up to a day ahead of time, if desired. This drink comes together really fast when you’re ready to serve!
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This Watermelon Augua Fresca is super light and refreshing. It makes a great addition to a summer barbecue, ladies lunch, or backyard reception.
- 4 generous cups of cubed watermelon (seeded, if not using a seedless watermelon)
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Juice of 2 limes
- Mint sprigs
- Honey, agave, or simple syrup*
- Place watermelon and water in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
- Add lime juice and sweeten to taste with honey, agave, or simple syrup.
- Serve over ice with mint sprigs.
- Important Note: I use simple syrup made of 1 cup water mixed with 1 cup sugar. If desired, you can add a small handful of mint leaves or a halved jalapeño. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then allow to cool and remove any solids.
- Serving Size: 4