Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca from Our Best BitesIf 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.

 

Ingredient Notes

  • 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

I’m using 4 generous cups of cubed watermelon (seeded, if you’re not using a seedless watermelon), water, the juice of a few limes, and simple syrup.
Watermelon agua fresca ingredients

  1. First, place watermelon and water in a blender. I love my Blendtec.

watermelon in blender

and blend for about 30 seconds.

blending watermlon

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.

Watermelon Agua Fresca from Our Best Bites

Serving Suggestions

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:

Brazilian Lemonade

Sunrise Punch

Virgin White Peach Sangria

Virgin Red Sangria

Banana Slush Punch

Slushy Peach Punch

FAQs

  • 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.


Ingredients

  • 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*

Instructions

  1. Place watermelon and water in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add lime juice and sweeten to taste with honey, agave, or simple syrup.
  3. Serve over ice with mint sprigs.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

 

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Any idea how long this will stay fresh?? While I’m sure I could drink it all in one sitting, I might want to just have some on hand.

  2. yum. I love going into little hole in the wall mexican restaurants and seeing big barrel shaped jugs of aguas frescas, they’re so colorful and delicious! I could drink them all day! 🙂 watermelon, and the ones de jamaica are my favorite

  3. This looks amazing but now I”m totally conflicted. I’m hosting my book group in a few weeks and I was going to serve Italian Sodas but a watermelon drink looks so tempting. I’m going to have to give it some serious thought!

  4. My son just got back from two years in Mexico and he drank these every day. He made one for us with cucumbers and lime. It was really refreshing. I will try this watermelon version.

  5. I love this stuff! I tried making some a few weeks ago and it was a total fail. I’m excited to have an actually recipe to follow.

  6. I am ALL about drinking my calories…just ask the big box o’ wine in my fridge. This looks so refreshing~~

  7. Sometimes drinks can be even better than food, I love drinking something delicious!