Watermelon agua fresca is a refreshing drink that’s easy to make and only needs three ingredients! The perfect drink for a hot summer day – pairs wonderfully with watermelon mint salad.
How this recipe came to be
Not in the mood for story time from 2019? Feel free to jump straight to the recipe at the bottom!
In light of our upcoming honeymoon, I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds and I’ve taken to counting calories. Not my idea of a good time. BUT… it works.
One of the things that’s kind of gone by the wayside is my favorite wine. A 5 ounce pour of Riesling is a whopping 120 calories, so it’s hard to convince myself that it’s worth it when the math is staring me in the face.
That’s not to say this is a permanent thing, because it’s definitely not. I just want to feel a little bit better about the shape I’m in when we embark on our trip to Hawaii where I’ll be wearing a whole lotta shorts and bathing suits. By the time we get back, I’ll have eaten my weight in mangoes and papayas, so it’ll all even out.
As a substitute to my occasional glass of wine, I decided to go the route of agua fresca – specifically, this watermelon agua fresca.
I drink a crapload of water on a daily basis, but I need something with flavor in there sometimes to break it up so I don’t feel like a giant water balloon. And since it’s watermelon season (and I have entirely too much of it on hand because I always think I’m going to eat it quicker than I do), it seemed like the right choice.
Is agua fresca good for you?
It sort of depends, because you can make agua fresca with lots of different kinds of fruits!
If you don’t filter or strain your agua fresca after you’ve blended it with water, you’re retaining all the fiber found in the fruit you’ve used.
My favorite thing is that agua fresca is incredibly hydrating because you’re getting the double benefit of the water and the water content found in the fruit itself.
How to make watermelon agua fresca
You only need three ingredients and a blender to make this.
No, seriously – that’s it.
The longest part of the process would be cutting up your watermelon, if it’s not already cut into cubes.
Just dump the watermelon, some coconut water, and the juice of one lime into a blender, hit that “blend” button, and let it do its magic.
Less than a minute later, you can be relaxing with a glass of refreshing agua fresca, and relishing the fact that it’s almost half the calories of that glass of wine I’m resisting.
To strain or not to strain
You’ll end up with a little foamy topper when you pour it into their glasses, and it’s honestly one of my favorite parts.
However, as it sits (which I would hope it wouldn’t be doing because you’d be sucking it down) it can start to separate and you’ll need to give it a little stir.
If that bothers you, can you strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve strainer to get rid of any potential pulp from the watermelon and lime juice before serving.
Straw or no straw?
And if you’re the type that enjoys straws, add a colorful one. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with metal straws (I own them), but it will sort of ruin the aesthetic we’re going for.
We’re looking for a colorful, light, fruity, refreshing drink – not a cold, militarized, unsympathetic glass confusing color schemes.
Although, I guess we do want it to be cold… but we’re talking temperature, not attitude. And yes, my drinks have attitudes. Thank you very much.
Add a garnish
The color of the drink is already pretty, but who couldn’t use a little more pizzazz? Add fresh lime slices to the edge of the glass for a pop of color and extra flavor.
Feeling extra? Add a gigantic slice of fresh watermelon as garnish and see what your guests say. I dare you.
How long does agua fresca last?
It’s best served immediately, but if you’re making it ahead of time or storing leftovers, they can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Just make sure to give it a stir before serving because as I mentioned above, it will separate a bit over time.
More refreshing summer drinks, coming up!
- Pineapple Cooler
- Grapefruit and Rose Sangria from Hunger Thirst Play
- Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
- Homemade Hawaiian Punch from House of Nash Eats (non-alcoholic)
- Frozen Mango Margarita from Whitney Bond
- Mango Ginger Sangria
- Peach Ginger Fizz from Tara Teaspoon (easily made non-alcoholic)
- Raspberry Rosé Sangria
- Iced Lavender Machta Latte from Hunger Thirst Play (non-alcoholic)
- 2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
- 1 cup coconut water
- Juice from 1 lime, adjust to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until completely combined (10-20 seconds).2 cups watermelon1 cup coconut waterJuice from 1 lime
- Strain, if desired. Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Garnish with a slice of lime (or watermelon, if you’re feeling extra). Enjoy!
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