A recipe for Agua de Sandía (Mexican Watermelon Water)! Fresh watermelon is blended with water and flavored with lime and sugar for a light and refreshing drink.
Aguas Frescas are a group of flavored drinks popular throughout North America. The varieties are endless with options including fresh fruits, grains, flowers, tamarind, seeds, herbs, and fresh watermelon! This Agua de Sandía (Mexican Watermelon Water) is a light and refreshing drink perfect for hot summer days.
In this version, chopped watermelon is pureed and strained, then mixed with water, lime juice, and sugar. It is an especially great way to use up any extra watermelon and comes together quickly.
A Few Tips
It is completely optional, but I strained the blended watermelon mixture before combining with the remaining water for a more smooth drink. I used a large spoon to move the watermelon puree around the fine-mesh sieve to strain as much juice as possible. You can also pour the water directly over the puree to help push the watermelon juice into the bowl.
The Watermelon Agua Fresca can be served immediately or chilled in the refrigerator for up to three days. The watermelon will settle and separate from the water while storing in the refrigerator. Mix well and add ice right before serving (I like to use the handle of a long wooden spoon to reach the bottom of the pitcher while stirring).
Adjust the sugar as needed based on the sweetness of the watermelon. I start at 2 tablespoons (30 grams) and usually end up adding about one more tablespoon or so after mixing everything together.
The lime juice is also optional, but I love how it blends with the watermelon.
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Agua de Sandía (Mexican Watermelon Water) Recipe
Adapted from Mexican Made Meatless
Agua de Sandía (Mexican Watermelon Water)
- 4 cups (750 grams, 26 ounces) chopped fresh watermelon
- 6 cups (1.4 liters) cold water divided
- 3 tablespoons (38 grams) granulated sugar or to taste
- 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) fresh lime juice
- Lime wedges
- Watermelon wedges
- Place the chopped watermelon in a blender with 2 cups (470 milliliters) of the water and 2 tablespoons (25 grams) of the sugar. Puree until smooth. Do this step in batches if needed.
- Strain the watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve, using the back of a spoon to help push the liquid through if needed. Transfer to a large pitcher.
- Add the lime juice and remaining 4 cups (1 liter) water. Stir to combine and add an additional tablespoon of sugar or more to taste.
- Serve immediately with ice or chill in the refrigerator. Mix and add ice immediately before serving.