My Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect thirst quencher to cool down with this summer!
I love summertime in New York City. Relaxing in Central Park, going to outdoor concerts, dining al fresco at street cafes- what’s not to love? But after a long, hot day of enjoying all that the city has to offer, I often find myself craving a refreshing, ice cold drink to quench my thirst.
Agua fresca literally meaning “fresh water,” is the perfect thirst quencher. It’s a popular cold drink sold by street vendors and restaurants all over Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It’s made of water mixed with seasonal fruit, cereals or seeds. A little sugar and lime juice are usually added to the mix and then it’s refrigerated until it’s ice cold. The consistency is thin, like water infused with fruit, not thick like a smoothie.
The great thing about aguas frescas is that you can make so many different varieties- try experimenting with any type of fruit that purees well like melons, pineapple, berries and mango. One of my personal favorites is watermelon. It's sweet, refreshing and so pretty too!
The amount of sweetener you use will depend on the sweetness of the fruit so start with a little and add more to taste. I prefer mine with only a small amount of sweetener so that the natural flavor of the fruit can shine through.
Try serving your favorite agua fresca at your next party- you can even spike it with a little vodka, rum or tequila for an adult version. Or keep a pitcher of it in the fridge so that you'll have a nutritious and refreshing thirst quencher anytime you want it. It’s the perfect antidote for the summer heat!
Watermelon Agua Fresca
My Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect thirst quencher to cool down with this summer!Print Pin Rate
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 4 cups water, divided
- 1-2 tablespoons honey, sugar or other sweetener of your choice (amount will vary depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Place the watermelon in a blender with 1 cup water, honey and lime juice. Puree until smooth. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and discard the solids. Stir in the remaining 3 cups of water and refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice.
Serving: 0g | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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I have tried the agua fresca with left over watermelon,. tastes delicious even with the pulp. I like the feel of the pulp in my mouth. I have cans of mango puree and I will try with that too.
Lillian (My Recipe Journey) says
Hello fellow NY'er...I love this nice simple recipe for fruit water! I'll have to try it sometime! Thanks for sharing!
Amee Livingston says
Oh my gosh, this is so refreshing and delicious!! I love these fresh fruit drinks! Thank you for sharing!
The Hungry Goddess says
I am always looking for delicious alternatives to straigh water and these look amazing!
Love, love your posts! Linking up through facebook and Amee's FIt & Fabulous Fridays! 🙂
Mother Rimmy says
I love the mango. I bet it would be great with a little seltzer water. I love fizz!
I do too! I often mix fruit purees with seltzer to make a healthy, homemade soda!
Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits says
Hi Sonali! I'm sharing this on my Syrup and Biscuits FB page!
Thanks for sharing, Jackie!
I just shared this recipe on Katherine Martinelli's blog for her mango blog hop:
I just shared this recipe with Amee's Savory Dish for Fit & Fabulous Fridays:
Oops! I thought this was Amee's post.....clicked through her FB page.
But glad I did......you have a lovely blog.
What a fabulous post Amee!! You made me so nostalgic!
In fact this is how we make 'sherbet'.....not the frozen ones, the drinks. In every Indian house, these homemade sherbets are served to guests during summer.
Lynda @ TasteFood says
Sounds perfect for the heat - especially with champagne.
I agree! Everything's better with champagne! 🙂
Love these, Sonali. Both flavors look sweet, delicious and just plain pretty!
Thanks a lot, Ann!
It is so simple, yet so beautiful! I guess I really didn't realize how easy it was to make:-) Your pictures are beautiful!! Hugs, Terra
Thanks, Terra! They are really easy to make and the natural colors of the fruit are beautiful.
katherine Martinelli says
This looks so refreshing!
Yes, perfect for this summer heat. Thanks, Katherine!