Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

June 15, 2015

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca




Every time I buy watermelon I face the same dilemma: spending less money to buy too much watermelon (a huge seeded one), or spending more money to buy less watermelon (a small seedless one, or cut up in chunks).
But I always end up buying too much watermelon - I could never say to  good bargain.
Since I never want it to go to waste, I make lots of Watermelon-Lime Agua fresca.

Watermelon Slice




If you’re not familiar, Agua fresca (Spanish for "fresh water") is a fruit drink popular throughout Mexico.
It’s super simple: just made by blending fruit with water, a bit of sweetener, and a little lime juice.
Agua fresca is a refreshing drink and a terrific thirst quencher on a hot summer day.
The trick to making Agua fresca is to infuse the water with fruit essence without turning it into a slushy or a smoothie.
Make sure to use the ripest fruit you can find.
Simply throw it in a blender, add water, sweeten to taste and serve.
If you're working with a fibrous fruit like watermelon (or if you're the type of person that buys pulp-free orange juice), I suggest to strain after blending.

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca




Not too much fruit, not too much sugar, this Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca is just a beautiful way to quench your thirst on a summer day.

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca                                                                                    Print this recipe!

Ingredients
Serves 10

8 cups seedless watermelon cubes
2 tablespoons honey mild tasting honey (or other sweetener of your choice)
⅓ cup fresh lime juice plus 1 sliced lime
1 to 2 cups of water
A few sprigs mint
Ice to taste

Directions

Place watermelon cubes in blender (in batches if they don’t fit in the blender all at once) and pulse until smooth.
Strain through a medium strainer into a large pitcher or bowl.
Stir in honey (or other sweetener of your choice), lime juice, and water.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
Before serving add lime slices and mint.
Serve over ice!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 51 calories, no fat, 14 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein.

32 comments:

  1. Looks so refreshing, Mike! Perfect for a hot day like today. Beautiful pictures as always!!

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  2. I spend too much money on the cut up watermelon chunks and I really should just buy a whole one and make this! I love agua fresca. Watermelon and pineapple are my two favorite flavors, both are so summery!

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    1. It's almost silly how pricey are watermelon chunks compared to a whole one - and it's not like cutting a watermelon is that complicated...

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  3. Haha, I feel the same way about watermelon. Huge, eight-pounder for 29 cents a pound or teeny, single-serve for $9.99? This drink looks like a great way to cool off, I love the addition of mint. :-)

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    1. I love adding mint to agua fresca, it's so legit!

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  4. The perfect summer drink, love this

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  5. This looks so good and refreshing, Mike- I had a watermelon sorbet last night but this would be a much better and cost effective choice ;)

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    1. Watermelon sorbet is amazing, it's one of my faves!

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  6. Duuuuuude what a weird coinkydink - My daughter and I started our day with something similar yesterday - watermelon, lemon, jaggery and ice! Those big watermelons are definitely worth it - we go through one a week in spring and summer - sometimes more!

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    1. More than a whole watermelon per week? That's huge! Literally huge... ;)

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  7. Mike, beautiful pictures of a refreshing and healthy summer drink - thanks for the inspiration and a great reminder to be making this for the family this summer and add a lovely sprig of mint or other herb to the tall, beautiful glasses just before serving!
    Liebe Gruesse,
    Andrea

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    1. That's awesome Andrea, lemme know how you like it!

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  8. Hi Mike, really like this drink, looks so refreshing. With some ingredients it seems like I have them in a box and prepare them over and over the same way, this is a great reminder.

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  9. There is one quintessential rule, Mike - never ever could you have too much watermelon. Period. If you ever face again such a dilemma, send the excessive watermelon to me. I can handle it. But better send me this refreshing perfection!

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    1. Do you want me to send you the watermelon priority or overnight?

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  10. Hi Mike, your drink looks so refeshing. I do have a question though. In your instructions you have "Stir in honey (or other sweetener of your choice), lime juice, and water.}Stir in honey (or other sweetener of your choice), lime juice, and water." BUT you don't indicate how much water to put in your drink????? Or am I missing something here???????????
    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for spotting that out, I just fixed it!

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  11. This looks absolutely delicious and the perfect summer drink!

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  12. Wish it was Summer and not Winter here in Australia so I could justify making one of these Mike! They look incredible and so refreshing.

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  13. I love Aqua Frescas , they are so refreshing, the perfect drink for a hot day.

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  14. I always go for more watermelon too. Each time I visit the South of Italy I enjoy buying those huge babies at only .30 per kg ( 2 pounds)

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    1. Wait, what? 30cents for 2lbs? I need to to South of Italy asap!

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  15. Mike! This drink looks incredible...perfect for a hot summer afternoon. I'm always looking for fun ways to use watermelon. I think we have had watermelon in our fridge for like 6 weeks straight now...and I don't see an end in sight. Especially not now that I've discovered this idea. :-) #WolfpackMelonFarmers

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  16. Perfect Mike. I love watermelon and lime combo, so fresh. I always have watermelon during summers and it's one of the best ways to enjoy it.

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    1. In my book watermelon = summer. I mean, is there any other fruit that's more summery than watermelon?
      I don't think so...

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  17. I've never made agua fresca before, but it looks delicious! Last summer I started taking straight blended up watermelon with lemon or lime with me in place of some of my water when I was on a long hike, it really works well for hydration so I'll have to try your method this summer!

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    1. If you so, please report back. I'm curious to know! :)

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