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Chef John's Watermelon Agua Fresca

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"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

50 m servings 177 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 2-quart pitcher)

Directions

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  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.
  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.
  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.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 177 calories; 0.6 g fat; 45 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

"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 imaginab...

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The secret is to add some lemon to it

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"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 imaginab...

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.

The secret is to add some lemon to it

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 d...

Delicious and easy.. going to try the other half with a different sweetener and some bubbles

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.

Ok, so this is really like a watermelonade than agua fresco. I added some fresh mint and it was better.

Have made this over a dozen times. So perfect, just the way it is. Watermelon is high on the glycemic index, so I'm gonna have to cool it a bit, or maybe just make it for guests, who all loved...

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 wi...