This Agua de Sandia, Mexican Watermelon Water, is a light and refreshing drink perfect for the summer. Agua Fresca is the name for a collection of “fresh water” drinks in Mexico flavored using a variety of ingredients including seasonal fruits, grains, flowers, tamarind, seeds, or herbs. For this Agua Fresca, chopped watermelon is pureed and strained, then mixed with water, lime juice, and sugar. It is a great way to use up any extra watermelon you may have from the 4th of July or other summer holiday get-togethers.
The watermelon will settle and separate from the water while storing in the refrigerator. Mix well before serving.
Add the sugar, more or less, to taste. I mixed in about 3 tablespoons. You can also use lemon juice in place of the lime.
Not feeling watermelon? I also have a recipe for Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water).
Agua de Sandia (Mexican Watermelon Water)
Adapted from Honest Cooking
4 cups chopped watermelon
6 cups water, divided
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
2-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Lime wedges for serving
Place the chopped watermelon in a blender with 2 cups of the water and puree until smooth. Do this step in batches if needed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, using the back of a spoon to help push the liquid through. Transfer to a pitcher. Add the sugar and lime juice. Top off the pitcher with the remaining water. Stir to combine and season with more sugar and lime juice if needed.
Serve immediately with ice or chilled. Mix before serving. Best day it is made, but can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.