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Watermelon Agua Fresca

We spent last weekend in the fantastic city of San Francisco. We had an adventure-filled 48 hours that included the Double Dipsea (an amazing trail race beginning in Stinson Beach), a hike on Angel Island and delicious brunch at a small Mexican restaurant in Sausalito. I always prefer coffee to juice at breakfast, but when I saw the Watermelon Agua Fresca on the menu, I had to give it a try.... it was cold and refreshing and sweet from the watermelon but didn't seem to have any added sugar.

Last night we had friends over for a (slightly obstructed) view of the fireworks in Denver from our roof deck. It is still excruciatingly hot here and I wanted to offer a refreshing, summer beverage in addition to beer and wine and water. This agua fresca takes 5 minutes to make and was a hit. You can make it with either tap water or sparkling water (it was a bit more bubbly and refreshing with sparkling water) and I, of course, think it is best consumed through a straw.

Happy 4th of July!

Watermelon AguaFresca
Yield = 1 pitcher

8 cups watermelon, cubed and puréed (approximately 6 cups after blending)
4 cups sparkling water or tap water
1 lime

1. Blend the watermelon to a purée. Pour puréed watermelon into a pitcher to chill.

2. When ready to serve, fill half a glass with the watermelon puree. Add sparkling water or tap water to fill the glass. Squeeze the juice from a slice of lime into the agua fresca and garnish with a lime slice. Serve chilled (and over ice if you'd prefer).

Tips & Variations
You can prepare the watermelon puree up to two days ahead of time. You can also add tap water to the watermelon puree and strain it before chilling it if you prefer no watermelon flesh in your drink. To do this, add 1/2 cup of water to the puree and strain it to leave only the watermelon juice. Also, if the watermelon alone is not sweet enough for you, try adding 1/3 cup of sugar (this recipe from Eating Well might be helpful if you want to add sugar).

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Reader Comments (9)

Oh my gosh, this looks so good. I've never been to Sausalito, but my favorite food spot to hit up in San Fran is the La Primavera Mexican stand at the Ferry Building where we always get the watermelon aqua fresca with our breakfast. This looks so refreshing!

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterali

Ali, it is so refreshing and somewhat addictive. I had two glasses yesterday and can't wait to have more tonight. It is definitely more "fun" with the sparkling water...

July 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterDarcy Eden

I am so going to be making this. Thanks for sharing!!

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Natasha, let me know if you make it and what you think. I still have some watermelon puree left and have been enjoying a glass each night when I get home - delicious! Tonight I might add prosecco instead of sparking water. Happy Friday!

July 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterDarcy Eden

I made this last weekend with watermelon left over from a barbeque and it was amazing. The color was spectacular. I did strain out the pulp, used sparkling water, and ahem, some vodka as well and it was deliciously refreshing and a huge hit. Tasty!

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Julie, so glad you made it and enjoyed it... and I love that you added vodka. Shall we make something similar on Friday for our girl's weekend? Can't wait to see you!

July 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterDarcy Eden

Darcy -- I made this yesterday for a little get together. So delicious and so refreshing! I used sparkling water bc I love it, and I did have to add 1/3 cup sugar bc my watermelon wasn't that sweet...I accidentally bought a yellow watermelon...oops. Everyone raved!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I just started making Agua Fresca a few days ago, inspired by the giant watermelon my dad brought home from the store, and my new mojito mint plant. I didn't really follow a recipe, I just glanced at a few and then kept adding and tasting until I liked the result. In the end, I added a few frozen strawberries to the blender, because early season watermelons just don't have much sweetness or depth of flavor. I really liked the combo. Next time I'll try it with sparkling water.

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFay

Fay, I love agua fresca. Have you ever tried making any other flavors? I'm thinking I need to branch out from watermelon this summer. Let me know if you try a different fruit combo!

May 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterDarcy Eden

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