This is my all-time favorite summertime drink. When it's hot and humid and you're totally parched, there's nothing as refreshing, as revitalizing, and as restorative as ice-cold watermelon agua fresca. It's one of life's great drinkable pleasures.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2014
"Watermelonade" is exactly what this is - here in Mexico, agua fresca con limon is limonada, or lemonade. Where I live, on the west coast of Mexico, agua fresca is made with every fruit imaginable. I had some guests for dinner recently and the evening was very warm. Half of our guests drank this delightful drink (with added sliced limes) and half had Watermelon Sangria, also from this site. Both were wonderful, but I preferred the agua fresca. And straining the pulp makes all the difference - thanks for the tip, Chef John. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2014
The secret is to add some lemon to it Read More
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  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2014
"Watermelonade" is exactly what this is - here in Mexico, agua fresca con limon is limonada, or lemonade. Where I live, on the west coast of Mexico, agua fresca is made with every fruit imaginable. I had some guests for dinner recently and the evening was very warm. Half of our guests drank this delightful drink (with added sliced limes) and half had Watermelon Sangria, also from this site. Both were wonderful, but I preferred the agua fresca. And straining the pulp makes all the difference - thanks for the tip, Chef John. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
I have made this last month from another recipe I found that was similar, but I used soda water to give it a fizz, you can also add some vodka for an adult drink. Very good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2014
The secret is to add some lemon to it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2017
This was a refreshing drink. I followed exactly, although I was tempted not to strain it so that I don't lose any nutritional benefit in the pulp.. But had I done that I would have ended up with a cold watermelon soup verse a drink ! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2013
Delicious and easy.. going to try the other half with a different sweetener and some bubbles Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2018
This was tasty and refreshing. I think I added too much sugar. I also made the mistake of making 2 batches at the same time. It does not keep well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2014
Like other persons suggested I added lots of lemon juice and mint and it turned out very good and refreshing. I did NOT strain the fruit puree/juice as we like the pulp. I shall try again with different combinaisons of summer fruits. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2015
I have made this for many years. It is a favorite beverage in Ecuador as well. But I never found that any sugar was necessary at all. Perhaps the watermelons were sweeter. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2014
Ok so this is really like a watermelonade than agua fresco. I added some fresh mint and it was better. Read More
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