Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe
Stay cool this summer with an easy and refreshing SoCal classic.
Known in Spanish as agua de sandia, this refreshing blend of watermelon, mint, and lime quenches a thirst like few other drinks can. It’s just what you want to accompany a fish taco after a day spent at the beach.
8 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks (1 small to medium seedless watermelon)
2 limes (3 tablespoons fresh lime juice)
Fresh mint (4 sprigs)
1 cup cold water
3 to 5 tablespoons sugar, depending on sweetness of the watermelon
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups ice
Blender, fine-toothed grater, fine-mesh strainer, large bowl, large pitcher
1 Blend the watermelon
- Cut the watermelon in half; remove the rind and chop the fruit into 1-inch cubes. Divide the chunks into two equal portions.
- Zest one lime; then juice the limes and measure out 3 tablespoons juice.
- Strip the mint leaves from the stems.
In a blender, combine half the watermelon pieces with ½ cup water and blend until smooth. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining watermelon and water, blending until pureed, and then strain into the bowl.
2 Finish the agua fresca
Add the lime juice and zest and sugar, to taste. Season with salt and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher.
Fill individual glasses with ice and add a mint leaf to each. Pour the watermelon agua fresca over the ice and serve.
Nutrition per serving: Calories: 90, Protein: 1g, Total Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 1g, Added Sugar (Granulated sugar): 6g, Sodium: 45mg
Bonus Recipe—Ingredients not included in box.