watermelon agua fresca

Watermelon agua fresca

2 October 2014

If, like me, you wistfully bought a watermelon recently, because it’s still warm where you live and you’re in denial about the sun setting earlier each day, only to find that the watermelon was only holding up a good face on the outside but inside its wan and pale flesh knows that summer is truly over – let me cheer you up with some agua fresca.

This is the perfect complement to my how-to-pick-a-melon post, because it’s far, far better to drink a mediocre melon in sweet, cool agua fresca form than to choke down tasteless pieces because you don’t want to waste the melon.

Agua fresca is awesomely easy and crazy refreshing. I would never hope for a dud melon. But sipping on this agua fresca, I’m glad I got one.

Pile up the offending melon cubes in a blender with sugar and water. Blend until smooth.

watermelon and sugar

Serve over ice, with fresh mint, if you have it, or slices of lime.

watermelon agua fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca
When life gives you a mediocre watermelon, a refreshing glass of agua fresca will make you glad it did. Adapted from Food Network.


  • 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/2 cup water (or saved watermelon juice)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (could be less or more depending on your watermelon and your taste)
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint, optional
  • Lime (slices or wedges), optional


  1. In a blender, add watermelon, sugar and water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Fill glasses with ice and fill with agua fresca. Garnish with mint and/or lime.


  • You can make this with other melons too, but you’ll need more water for firmer melons, and likely more sugar.
  • Agua fresca doesn’t keep well, so go ahead and drink it the day you make it.

Here’s the link to a printable version.

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