recipe

Our agua fresca, or “fresh water,” is packed with fresh watermelon juice, tart lime juice, and a touch of honey. It’s just the thing to cool you off in the heat of summer!

safety
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 20 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4 to 6 (Makes about 6 cups)

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Prepare Ingredients

8 cups (1-inch pieces)
seedless watermelon (2½ pounds)
2 cups
water
¼ cup
lime juice, squeezed from 2 limes, plus lime wedges for serving
2 tablespoons
honey
⅛ teaspoon
salt
Ice
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Gather Cooking Equipment

Fine-mesh strainer
Pitcher
Blender
Dish towel
Rubber spatula
Glasses
1
 

Place fine-mesh strainer over pitcher; set aside.

 
2
 
8 cups (1-inch pieces)
seedless watermelon (2½ pounds)
2 cups
water

Add half of chopped watermelon and half of water to blender jar. Place lid on top of blender and hold firmly in place with folded dish towel. Turn on blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

 
3
 

Stop blender and remove lid. Pour mixture into fine-mesh strainer set over pitcher. Use rubber spatula to stir and press on watermelon bits to get out as much juice as possible. Discard solids in strainer.

 
4
 

Repeat blending and straining in steps 2 and 3 with second half of watermelon and water.

 
5
 
¼ cup
lime juice, squeezed from 2 limes
2 tablespoons
honey
⅛ teaspoon
salt

Add lime juice, honey, and salt to pitcher. Use rubber spatula to stir until well combined.

 
6
 
Ice
Lime wedges
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

To serve, place ice in glasses and pour agua fresca over ice. Add lime wedge and mint (if using) to each glass. (Agua fresca can be refrigerated for up to 5 days; stir to recombine before serving.)