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How To Make The Best Watermelon Agua Fresca Drink

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On a hot summer day, there’s nothing more satisfying than a watermelon Agua Fresca! A cold, refreshing drink to quench your thirst. The Agua Fresca is a delightful beverage that originated in Central America and has become one of the most popular Mexican drinks. In this post, we’ll talk about how to make the best watermelon Aqua Fresca.

Made with fresh watermelon juice, a squeeze of lime, and a touch of sweetness, this non-alcoholic beverage is the perfect way to beat the summer heat and enjoy the natural flavors of ripe watermelon. 

In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to create the best Watermelon Agua Fresca that will leave you feeling cool, rejuvenated, and ready to embrace the summer months.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes 

Total Time: 15 minutes 

Serving Size: 4 servings


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon cubes
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Lime slices or wedges, for garnish
  • Ice cubes
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  1. In a blender, combine the seedless watermelon cubes and cold water. Blend on high speed until the watermelon is completely pureed and you have a smooth watermelon juice.
  2. Place a fine mesh strainer or mesh sieve over a large pitcher to strain the watermelon juice. Gently pour the watermelon juice through the strainer, using the back of a spoon to press down and extract as much juice as possible. Discard any solids left in the strainer.
  3. Add fresh lime juice to the strained watermelon juice and stir well.
  4. Taste the mixture and add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, adjusting to your desired level of sweetness. Remember that the watermelon’s natural sweetness varies, so you can add more or less sugar accordingly.
  5. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the watermelon agua fresca over the ice.
  6. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint leaves and a slice of lime. You can even sprinkle lime zest on top! These little touches add a burst of freshness and visual appeal to your drink.
  7. Give the agua fresca a quick stir, allowing the flavors to blend and the ice to chill the drink further.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy this deliciously refreshing beverage on a hot day!
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Tips and Variations

  • For a watermelon cucumber agua fresca, add 1 cup of peeled and chopped cucumber to the blender along with the watermelon cubes. Blend and strain as directed.
  • If you have leftover watermelon agua fresca, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Give it a quick stir before serving again.
  • If you still have leftovers of this perfect drink, add a squeeze of lime juice and a little sugar then pour the mixture into a mold to make juice bars.  You can also add sweetened milk and make ice cream!
  • To make watermelon ice cubes, pour the watermelon juice into ice cube trays and freeze. These watermelon-infused ice cubes can be used to chill your agua fresca without diluting the flavors.
  • Feel free to experiment with other fresh herbs like basil or cilantro for added flavor complexity.
  • If you prefer a fizzy version, you can top off your watermelon agua fresca with sparkling water or soda water.
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The Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect summer drink that captures the essence of juicy watermelon in a glass. With its simplicity and use of fresh ingredients, it’s a great choice for casual gatherings, picnics, or even a refreshing drink to enjoy on a lazy afternoon. 

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The combination of sweet watermelon, tangy lime, and a hint of mint creates a beverage that’s both hydrating and bursting with flavors. So, grab a slice of lime, garnish your glass with fresh mint sprigs, and sip on this revitalizing Watermelon Agua Fresca that embodies the spirit of summer. 

Cheers to staying cool and enjoying the best of the season’s fruits in a deliciously thirst-quenching way!

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