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Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect drink to keep you cool this summer with the smooth, crisp flavor of fresh watermelon! You are going to LOVE how crazy delicious and easy to make this is!

Making an amazing summertime drink doesn’t have to be complicated. For other super easy drinks to help you beat the heat, try out my tasty water, lemonade and peach cooler recipes!

Watermelon agua fresca in cup with mint and lime garnish

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua Fresca originates from Mexico and Central America and translates to “cool water.” Unlike a juice or smoothie, agua fresca is fresh fruit added to water to give it crisp, delicious flavor without being overpowering! With watermelon being one of my favorite summer fruits, I thought it would be a perfect choice for this drink! I love that it doesn’t have any artificial flavors and it is SO refreshing for the dog days of summer we are experiencing here in Utah!

I have been using watermelon in a lot of my cooking lately. Gotta take advantage of them being in season! It has the best texture and flavor, and helps keep you hydrated which is perfect for hot weather! I have loved having my watermelon salad and watermelon and feta salad for cool summer meals. So much fruity goodness in this watermelon Agua Fresca!

Watermelon Agua Fresca Ingredients

You will probably only need fresh watermelon to put this watermelon Agua Fresca drink together. It is that easy! For all the measurements to the ingredients scroll to the recipe card.

  • Watermelon: 4 cups cubed with seeds removed. See tips for picking the best watermelon below!
  • Water: This drink works best with cold water.
  • Sugar: For sweetness to taste.
  • Lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice, but I recommend using the juice of one lime for extra fresh flavor.
  • Lime and Mint Garnish: Looks great and tastes great too!

Making Your Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca comes together in minutes. Just blend and go! Mixed berry and raspberry peach smoothies are other quick and delicious drinks to try!

  1. Blend: In a blender add the watermelon and water and blend.
  2. Add Sugar: Add in sugar and lime juice and mix.
  3. Garnish: Garnish with lime wedges and mint.
  4. Serve: Best served chilled.
Chunks of watermelon in blender

Should you Strain Agua Fresca?

It is up to you and a great option! Watermelon Agua Fresca is light and refreshing summertime drink. Agua Fresca means “fruit water”. To make this Agua Fresca even better, using a strainer will help remove the fleshy part of the watermelon that is not blending all the way in the blender. This will leave the watermelon juice a watery texture and thin like substance without having any solids in the drink. This is optional, and can be helpful with the taste and texture from the watermelon.

Adding sugar to watermelon agua fresca

Picking Your Watermelon and Making the Best Agua Fresca

A ripe watermelon makes all the difference in the quality of your drink. Follow these tips to make your Agua Fresca taste incredible!

  • Watermelon: The best watermelons will be deep green with clearly defined stripes. Also, opt for more dull-looking watermelons. If they are too shiny, it likely means they are not ripe yet. Go for the heaviest watermelons, too. This means they have more water content in them.
  • Cutting: Follow the shape of the watermelon when cutting them open. This way, you will only cut the rind off and not excess fruit. Once the rind is completely cut off, you should be left with a nice, round ball of watermelon. Cut this in half and lay the flat side on the cutting board. Now you can easily cut it into cubes!
  • Agua Fresca Flavors: Try substituting the fruit in your agua fresca for guava, mango, papaya, and pineapple to make other amazing, tropical flavors. You can also use other flavors like horchata to make a more traditional version of the recipe.
Adding lime to watermelon agua fresca

What to Serve with Your Drink

I always like to pair drinks like these with a salad in the summer. It helps cool me down and is such a tasty combination! For a Mexican-inspired meal, serve your Agua Fresca with my family favorite corn salad! This drink also pairs well with fruit-based salads like my strawberry avocado salad. Summer party-ready, try serving this up with skewers and antipasto salad. No one will be leaving hungry!

Watermelon agua fresca served in glasses with garnish

Storing Watermelon Agua Fresca

In a closed pitcher, you can keep your Watermelon Agua Fresca for up to 3 days in the fridge. Separation may occur, so make sure to stir before serving.

Pouring watermelon agua fresca into glass

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

By: Alyssa Rivers
Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect drink to keep you cool this summer with the smooth, crisp flavor of fresh watermelon! You are going to LOVE how crazy delicious and easy to make this is!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 glasses


  • 4 cups watermelon cubed and seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • lime slices and mint for garnish


  • In a blender add the watermelon and water and blend. Add in sugar and lime juice and mix.
  • Garnish with lime wedges and mint. Serve chilled.


Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 171mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 865IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Tried this recipe?Mention @alyssa_therecipecritic or tag #therecipecritic!

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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