Watermelon and Mint Agua Fresca recipe

Watermelon and Mint Agua Fresca recipe

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This refreshing drink originates from Mexico. It's the perfect summer drink to enjoy all year long.

52 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 625g cubed seeded watermelon
  • 125ml water
  • 100g caster sugar or to taste
  • 4 slices lime
  • 24 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cupful ice

MethodPrep:25min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Puree the watermelon and water in a liquidiser until smooth. Add sugar to taste. Cut the lime slices in half. Place a half lime slice into each of 8 glasses along with 3 mint leaves. Crush with a cocktail muddler, then fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon agua fresca and stir before serving.

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Reviews in English (59)

by SB

This is my recipe. Be careful with the sugar! Depending on how sweet your watermelon is I would start with 1/4 cup of sugar and taste. Then keep adding sugar until your reach desired sweetness. Enjoy!-30 Apr 2010

by naples34102

Such a pretty, fresh tasting, pleasantly sweet treat! I never had this before and it was a such a nice surprise to find just how darn good this was. No sooner did Hubs down his (and it was quickly too) and he wanted more. And so did I. I did press it through a wire mesh strainer as it was just a little too pulpy for me (maybe it's just my blender), but I followed the recipe for everything else, including the fresh mint, lime and the amount of sugar, which we both found to be the perfect amount. So we had more - and Hubs requested that from now on I make this with Splenda, which indicates he plans on drinking a lot of this! Thanks for sharing this delightful treat, SB - we couldn't have enjoyed it more.-11 Jul 2010

by LilyGirl

Great recipe ... I added Tequila and triple sec (instead of sugar) to the recipe and garnished with very thin slices of cucumber. I was inspired by a similar drink in Las Vegas and the outcome is delish and refreshing! Served these on Fajita night ... out on the patio .... buen provecho!-11 Jun 2010

  • 4 cups (600 g) watermelon, chopped
  • 1 lemon, or lime, ends trimmed and discarded, remainder cut into 4 equal slices (between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 cups (260 g) ice cubes, plus additional as needed for serving
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed. Blend for 1 minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients toward the blades.
  3. Serve over extra ice if desired.

Agua Fresca: A Wonderful Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Drink Recipe

Nothing quite says summer like a big slice of juicy ripe watermelon! Our watermelon drink recipe is cooling and delicious and is the perfect summer food.

The first evidence we have of people eating watermelons goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, where watermelons were recorded in their hieroglyphics. By the 10th century, China was cultivating this luscious fruit. Today, Russia, the US, Iran and Turkey are the main producers of watermelon. You know a plant must be really good when it so effectively spreads across the world.

We can love and revere watermelon for taste alone, but did you know it’s also packed with nutrients?

Watermelon has the HIGHEST amount of the powerful antioxidant lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. This antioxidant is well researched for its benefits against heart disease and several types of cancer, namely prostrate cancer.

It’s rich in vitamin A, which supports eye health, and vitamin C, which is an important player in our immune system.

The heat of summer can easily lead to dehydration and watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated! Besides offering moisture in its juicy fruit (watermelons are 90% water!) it is also high in potassium. Potassium helps to maintain our body’s electrolyte balance (an important aspect of hydration) and it also supports muscle and nerve function. Potassium is also well known for its ability to control blood pressure and prevent strokes.

Letting food be our medicine isn’t all that rough when it means eating watermelon!

I love watermelon, but only when it is juicy and ripe. It’s very disappointing to bite into a tasteless melon! Here are a few tricks for choosing a delicious watermelon.

First, look for one that has a yellow mark on its underside as shown in this photo.This lets you know that the watermelon was ripened on a vine and not picked too early.

Also make sure the skin is firm and the shape of the watermelon is symmetrical (either round or oval). You can also knock on the watermelon with your knuckles and the resulting sound should be hollow. Lastly, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.

Store your uncut watermelon on the counter or at room temperature. According to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry this increases the amount of lycopene in the watermelon. Once it is cut, store it in the fridge and consume quickly.

In the heat of the summer I love drinking chilled fresh beverages. This year I’ve been experimenting with fruits and teas and in this recipe I am bringing you one of my favorite recipes.

Watermelon and Strawberry Agua Fresca

To make this recipe you’ll need…
  • about 5 cups of cubed watermelon (no black seeds or rinds)
  • about a pint of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • a handful of mint

Begin by preparing the fruit. Cut the watermelon into cubes and remove any seeds.

Next prepare some juicy strawberries by cutting off the green stem. Our strawberry plants are still producing! If you aren’t able to find strawberries near you, simply omit them from the recipe.

Chop up a handful of mint.

Add everything, including the 1/4 cup of water to a blender. Blend thoroughly.

For this watermelon drink recipe to have a water-like consistency you can strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve. We leave ours as is for a slushy-like texture.

Serve with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

About the Author - Rosalee de la Forêt

Rosalee is the Education Director of LearningHerbs and author of the bestselling book "Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal." She’s a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild and she teaches students from all over the world how to confidently use medicinal plants. Explore more herbs with Rosalee at her website, Herbs with Rosalee, where you can get her free course, How to Choose the Best Herb For You.

All content and photos in this article are copyright © Rosalee de la Forêt.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada is a chef, mother, author and restauranteur. She is known as the Emmy-award winning television personality of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, Giada In Italy, as a judge on Food Network Star, NBC Today Show correspondent, for her eight New York Times best-selling cookbooks and her debut restaurant, GIADA, in Las Vegas. Though most days, you can find her in Los Angeles with her daughter, Jade and kitten, Bella, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen involving parmiggiano reggiano or her weakness, dark chocolate!

How to Make Agua Fresca Recipes

This popular Mexican water drink is refreshing and delicious. You can cut and freeze the watermelon cubes to have them available all summer long. Plus this can help you save calories (check out the low calorie trick below!)

Low Calorie Trick #2: If you buy a watermelon and it’s not super sweet, cut it into cubes and freeze it. Freezing watermelon naturally brings out it’s sweetness!

Special Tip: You can find these directions, plus the ingredients, measurements, nutrition and more in the sharable recipe card in the next section!

How to Make Agua Fresca Watermelon Drinks:

  1. Add the watermelon, lime juice, all natural sweetener and 1 cup of the water in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and discard solids.
  3. Add the remaining water to the pitcher and stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve, at least 12 hour.
  4. Serve over ice, with a lime or lemon wedge (optional).

You can booze up these low calorie watermelon Agua Fresca by adding a shot of silver tequila, or vodka to each serving.

This watermelon lime Agua Fresca drinks are often served in a huge 5 gallon jug. But we like to make them a bit fancier and chill them in the fridge until ready to serve. You choose your method, either way this drink is delicious!

Up next, a sharable recipe card for Watermelon Aguas Frescas…

But what is agua fresca anyways? Agua fresca is a Mexican drink that literally translates to &ldquofresh water&rdquo. It&rsquos not only water, but mixed with fruit and sometimes other flavorings. So it&rsquos basically like a refreshing juice. Just enough flavor to taste great, but with less sugar and more water to keep you hydrated.

While traditional Agua Fresca combines fruit with water, we used only fruit. Since watermelon is about 96% water, you don&rsquot want to add more water. So if you do use other types of fruit, adjust the ratio of water. This will vary depending on the sweetness of the fruit.

Lastly, remember that there are no rules to Agua Fresca. So it really comes down to personal preference of sweetness, and water content.

If you want to learn more about agua fresca, here is an article about the history of aquas frescas.

Refreshing Summer Recipe: Aguas Frescas

Aguas frescas, or “fresh waters,” are light, cooling fruit drinks so magically refreshing it’s clear why they’re the unofficial thirst-quencher of Latin America.

In their purest form, agua frescas are simply blended fruit, water, and a little lime – the essence of summer fruit, sipped through a straw. Adding an herb-infused simple syrup (and maybe a splash of vodka) opens a world of inventive flavor possibilities.

The key is to use the ripest fruit you can find. Taking my cue from the agua fresca vendors around New York this week, that meant watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew, with pineapple, mango and peach appearing later in the summer.

Simply throw your fruit of choice in a blender with some water, sweeten to taste and serve. If you’re working with a fibrous fruit like pineapple (or if you’re the type of person that buys pulp-free OJ), go ahead and strain after blending, but you’ll lose the lovely froth.

Using simple syrup is an optional step – you could easily swap in honey or agave nectar. But making the syrup is quick, and lets you get creative. After the syrup has come to a boil and the sugar has completely dissolved, throw in your favorite herb, like mint, basil, and lavender. Fifteen minutes later, you’ll have a delicate, fragrant infusion for a signature agua fresca.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Fruity, sweet and a little tart, this refreshing summer drink is a fun go-to beverage.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 4 Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener Packets
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Garnish:
  • 4 small watermelon wedges
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint


  1. In blender, purée watermelon with 1/2 cup water until smooth strain. Stir in Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener Packets and lime juice.
  2. Fill 4 tall glasses halfway with crushed ice. Pour in watermelon mixture and top with sparkling water stir to combine.
  3. Garnish: Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint.

Tip: For a frozen drink, freeze watermelon cubes before blending and omit adding ice to glasses.

Nutrition Facts
Per 1/4 recipe
Calories 60
Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 3mg
Carbohydrate 14g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g

Sweet Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Recipe

Aguas frescas, or “fresh waters,” celebrate the explosion of brightly hued fruits, flowers, and herbs that Tres Estrellas, The Ranch’s organic farm, produces. Guests love these popular Mexican drinks, which are enjoyed year-round. And though they are radiant in color, Ranch Aguas Frescas are mildly flavored, and not syrupy sweet. Rather, they allow the delicate essence of fruits, flowers, and herbs to take center stage. We hope you love this thirst-quenching, frosty, and refreshing drinks as much as we do, and that they transport you back to your time at The Ranch.

This naturally sweet summertime favorite is juicy, refreshing, and invigorating. The hint of mint perfectly complements the watermelon. Serve this bright pink drink at any time.

1 gallon or 16 8 oz servings


1 (8 or 9 pound) watermelon, rind removed, and cut into 1-inch cubes Handful of fresh mint
1 gallon of purified water

Garnish: mint sprigs or watermelon slices


Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add fresh mint leaves to the water and boil for three more minutes. Take off the heat, and let the water cool. Discard or compost the mint. Purée the watermelon in batches in a blender until smooth. Strain the watermelon purée through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl, and use a large spoon to press down on the solids. Discard or compost the purée and set the juice aside. Add the room-temperature mint water to the watermelon juice and stir well. Pour the mixture into a one-gallon drink dispenser, and add ice and purified water to fill to the top. Give the agua fresca a good stir. Serve in glasses filled with ice cubes and garnished with mint sprigs and/or watermelon slices.

Pour the strained juice into your prepared pitcher(s).

Stir together the watermelon juice with the muddled mint, lime, and sugar and set in the fridge to meld flavors. You can serve it right away, or enjoy it after several hours.

Bottled up and sealed with a lid (I like to use old juice bottles that I&rsquove cleaned), the watermelon fresca will stay good in the fridge for several days. However, if you plan on having it sit there for more than 24 hours, I recommend straining the juice to remove the mint leaves and lime. As the lime sits in the agua fresca more of the bitter oils will release and the beverage can turn bitter.

Keep the watermelon mint agua fresca cold, and serve over ice. Additional lime wedges or sprigs of mint can be added to garnish the glasses as you like!

I hope you enjoy these most refreshing watermelon mint agua frescas! They really make summer better and more delicious!

Related: For another sweet, summery beverage, enjoy a vegan mango lassi!

If you make this agua fresca, leave a comment below and rate the recipe on the recipe card. And please share your photos with me on Instagram, tag @thecuriouschickpea and #thecuriouschickpea. I love seeing your recreations!

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