Watermelon Agua Fresca

Amazing! So refreshing! Thanks Chef John. I also made the watermelon pizza and it was the highlight of the meal. Right now I have lemon peels resting with the sugar for the State Fair Lemonade. I can’t wait to try that tomorrow. Chad John, if you ever come to the East coast I want to take you and Michelle out to dinner!

I added a tablespoon of lime juice after reading some review of other recipes but I didn’t notice a difference in flavor. I’ll use a little more next time I make it until I like the flavor. I also used a personal-size watermelon instead of half a regular-size watermelon. I added 5 tablespoons of simple syrup because I didn’t want it to be too sweet. The flavor was great — I am anxious to try it when it is really cold in the morning. I used a fine mesh strainer but maybe need to find one with finer mesh. There was still a fine sediment of watermelon in the drink but I hope it settles overnight.

Delicious!! An even better serving option is to freeze some of the Aqua Fresca into ice cubes. It’s a great presentation, and the Aqua Fresca doesn’t dilute as the cubes melt!
This is my favorite drink for the summer. When it is hot and humid and you are completely dried out, there is nothing as refreshing, invigorating and relaxing as ice-cold watermelon agua fresca. It is one of the great drinkable pleasures of life.
Prep: 10 mins
Additional: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 6
Yield: 1 2-quart pitcher


½ seedless watermelon
2 cups cold water
½ cup white sugar, or to taste
½ cup water


Step 1
Scoop flesh from watermelon half and transfer watermelon to a blender. Add 2 cups cold water. Place a folded towel on blender lid and blend until liquefied, about 1 minute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl to remove fibers. Discard fibers left in strainer. Skim and discard excess foam from juice if desired.

Step 2
Place sugar and 1/2 cup water into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until water is hot and sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and let simple syrup cool to room temperature. Stir simple syrup into watermelon juice to taste.

Step 3
Pour drink into a 2-quart pitcher and refrigerate until cold, at least 30 minutes. To serve, fill tall glasses with ice cubes and pour agua fresca drink over ice. Serve with straws.

Cook’s Notes:

Flesh from half a watermelon equals 5 to 6 cups.

Optional: Fill empty watermelon half shell with ice, pour drink into watermelon shell, and serve garnished with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 45g 15% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 6.7mg.

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