Watermelon Agua Fresca


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Agua Fresca is one of those things that I consider a nice little luxury. Its pretty much just water mixed with fresh fruit and it is downright amazing. Growing up in Arizona, my friends and I would hop in the car and venture to Mexico every once in a while and while we were there  we would have a refreshing Agua Fresca while laying on the beach… that might be one of the best summer memories ever.

This past weekend it was about 85 degrees here in Los Angeles so I whipped up a quick batch of Watermelon Agua Fresca with a touch of home-grown mint for me and my boyfriend. It was a perfect weekend treat. You can make Agua Fresca with really any kind of fruit… Strawberry, Raspberry, Cantaloupe, Honeydew etc… but trust me… you have to make it… its perfection in a cup!

I am all about relaxing by the pool or ocean with a fabulous drink in hand! What are you guys fav summer drink recipes?!

Watermelon Agua Fresca



  • 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 6 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Splash of Sparking Water
  • Mint Chopped for garnish
  • Lime slices for garnish


  • Combine half of the watermelon, half of the water and half of the sugar in a large food processor and pulse until liquid. Transfer mixture to a strainer and strain the mixture into a large container and disregard anything that won’t strain. Repeat process with the remaining watermelon, water and sugar. Once the entire mixture has been strained, ad the lime juice and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to serve, add a lime wedge if desired and just a splash of Sparkling water.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet

    I have never had agua fresca, but it sounds amazing!

    • Gaby

      omg Jessica I have a feeling that you would LOVE Agua Fresca!!!!

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    • Gaby

      I know right!! I am going to make it for our next picnic lunch!

  3. monika

    This sounds wonderfully refreshing and flavorful. Neighbors coming over for dessert tonight – this would be a perfect compliment! I can always count on you when I have run out of ideas!

  4. Nicole

    I’m a sucker for refreshing summer drinks! I love the pretty pink hue.

  5. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Mmm… This looks like a wonderful way to cool down on those hot summer nights. Beautiful drink, Gaby!

  6. Stephanie @ Per l’Amore del Cibo

    Mmm, this might even beat out lemonade for a hot summer day! Can’t wait to try it for our BBQ this weekend!

    • Gaby

      It pretty much is better than lemonade!!!! I couldn’t even believe it myself at first… but now I am hooked!

  7. What’s Gaby Cooking – Gaby Dalkin via Facebook

    omg Susan there is a whole barrel left over!!! I’ll make it for you next picnic!

  8. Eliana

    This is the perfect way to cool down during the summer. And what I love most about agua frescas is that you can flavor them with what ever fruit you have on hand. Yours looks perfect.

  9. Chocolate Shavings

    That watermelon drink looks so wonderfully refreshing for warm summer days!

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    It seems as though it needs some vodka!

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  15. Miss Stovetop

    My favourite summer drink is a raw mango one, sweet, tangy and a little spiced up. The other one is a mint sherbet…. oooo… have to make it this weekend and do a post on it 🙂

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