Aguas Frescas


I made a batch of this absolutely delicious, light and refreshing drink last weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo, not to mention the first 80+ degree day of the year (bring it on), and I couldn’t get enough of it!  When I first saw the watermelon and lime based recipe, I figured it’d be a few weeks until we could try it.  But to my surprise and delight, the grocery store was teaming with watermelons!  I dove right in.  This not-too sweet, cooling drink is perfect for now and all summer.  It’s flavorful and light on it’s own and would act just as well as a mixer in a custom cocktail (I’d recommend a splash of vodka, lots of ice, and the same garnishes.)

Aguas Frescas

  • Servings: 2
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Hands-On Time: 10-15 minutes

Special Equipment: Blender, fine mesh strainer.

Servings 8-10.  Keeps well in an airtight pitcher (including using plastic wrap over a traditional pitcher) for 4-5 days.  Stir to reincorporate before serving.


  • 8 Cups seedless watermelon (1 small watermelon, if available), cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 Cups water
  • Juice from 1 – 1&1/2 limes, according to taste
  • 1 Tsp honey
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • Optional: Basil or Mint Leaves, plus extra lime wedges, for garnish


  • Working in two batches, blend the watermelon chunks & water.   Set the strainer over a mixing bowl and pour the watermelon/water mixture over.  Discard the watermelon solids.
  • Add liquid to the serving pitcher, then add in the lime juice, honey and salt, and stir to throughly combine.  Add additional lime juice and honey to taste.

Note: I was tempted to save a step by adding all ingredients to the blender before the straining phase, until I remembered that the lime, honey and salt would become very diluted, especially the honey and the salt since they are in relatively small quantity, as the strainer caught the solids.  It’s important to add the last three ingredients after the mixture’s been strained!

Here’s to the warmer weather, enjoy!

Agua Fresca

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