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Watermelon agua fresca with mint is a refreshing and bright drink. Made with fresh watermelon, a mint simple syrup, and lime juice all blended together in this quick and simple but flavorful beverage that kids and adults alike will love.

Watermelon agua fresca with mint is a refreshing and bright drink. Made with fresh watermelon, a mint simple syrup, and lime juice all blended together in this quick and simple but flavorful beverage that kids and adults alike will love. 
glass with watermelon aqua fresca sitting on wooden board with fresh mint beside
glass with watermelon aqua fresca sitting on wooden board with fresh mint beside

Agua Frescas are fruit puree drinks that originated in Mexico and quickly spread across Latin America. In English, “Agua Fresca” means “fresh water” and these drinks are definitely a delicious way to stay hydrated on a hot day.

This version is made with fresh watermelon and a mint flavored simple syrup, but you can use any fresh fruit you like!

overhead view of three glasses of watermelon aqua fresca with mint and slices of watermelon

How to make this easy drink

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Scrub the limes really well to make sure they are nice and clean.
  2. Cut the limes into pieces to make it easier for the blender.
  3. Combine half the lime pieces, half the sugar, and half the water in the blender and pulse for 10 seconds until the limes are well broken down, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Repeat with the remaining limes, sugar, and water.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a pitcher and then stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Storage Informaton

This limeade will store well

Make the mint simple syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, add ¼ cup water, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and ¼ cup fresh mint.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow the mint to infuse the simple syrup until room temperature.

Blend the drink.

  1. In a food processor, add the cubed watermelon, mint simple syrup, and lime juice.
  2. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Should you strain agua fresca?

This is totally up to you if you want to strain your watermelon puree or not. 

Straining the watermelon will help remove any fleshy parts of the watermelon that didn’t blend well. This will give the drink a thinner, more watery texture. 

You can also leave your agua fresca as is, and enjoy it this way. The texture will be a bit thicker and have some more natural fleshy pieces in it. This is my preferred way of making this drink, and the way I serve it. But the choice is totally up to you!

Tips for making Agua Fresca

  • Look for super ripe watermelon for the best flavor. You can use frozen watermelon if you are out of season.
  • If you want a drink that is sweeter, you can add 1 Tablespoon of sugar at a time until you get the desired sweetness level.
  • If you prefer a more tart drink, you can use twice the amount of lime juice.
three glasses of aqua fresca with fresh mint sprigs

Serving suggestions

  • Serve with a garnish of fresh mint or a small slice of watermelon.
  • You can use frozen chunks of watermelon like ice cubes to keep your pitcher cold.

Storing Aqua Fresca 

Store leftover agua fresca in a closed pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Some separation might occur as it sits, but just stir it back up before serving.

overhead view of glass with watermelon aqua fresca with mint spri and slice of watermelon

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glass with watermelon aqua fresca sitting on wooden board with fresh mint beside

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon agua fresca with mint is a refreshing and bright drink. Made with fresh watermelon, a mint simple syrup, and lime juice all blended together in this quick and simple but flavorful beverage that kids and adults alike will love. 
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Easy Drink Recipes
Cuisine: Latin American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Jenni

Ingredients

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon cubed
  • ½ cu water divided
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 1.5 Tablespoons lime juice

Instructions

Make the mint simple syrup

  • In a small saucepan, add ¼ cup water, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and ¼ cup fresh mint.
  • Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves from the bottom of the pan.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mint to infuse the simple syrup until room temperature.

Blend the drink.

  • In a food processor, add the cubed watermelon, mint simple syrup, and lime juice.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Store leftover agua fresca in a closed pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Some separation might occur as it sits, but just stir it back up before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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