Watermelon Agua Fresca

Literally agua fresca is just Spanish for “fresh water,” and truly it is my new obsession.

I’ve always enjoyed aguas frescas, but I am currently writing from Kansas and I don’t have a mercado in my town. But I know how to improvise in the kitchen! Last week I was craving watermelon, so I bought a seedless watermelon, a couple of limes, then added the salt and water at home.

Salt?! Yep. Most agua fresca recipes call for sugar, agave, or honey – well, watermelon has plenty of natural sugars and a pinch of salt simply brings out natural flavors. I make this drink to enjoy the taste of watermelon, not to give myself diabetes, so I recommend salt. Regardless, watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, electrolytes, and antioxidants. Drink up!

Summertime calls for seasonal drinks, and this crowd pleaser is simple and healthy with no added sugar. Kid & adult approved. #watermelon #aguafresca #blenderdrinks

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Summertime calls for seasonal drinks, and this crowd pleaser is simple and healthy with no added sugar. Kid & adult approved. #watermelon #aguafresca #blenderdrinksI’m keeping this post nice and short so you can quickly add this to your grocery list and make it ASAP. It’s a refreshing drink that doesn’t require a long preamble. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1-2 seedless watermelons, cubed
1-3 cups water
2-4 large limes, juiced
Pinch of salt
Optional: Grapefruit, juiced
Optional: Jalapeño, seeded

Directions

  1. Cut away watermelon rind, dice the flesh into rough cubes
  2. Place watermelon cubes in blender
  3. When blender pitcher is full, add 1 cup water
  4. Cover and blend until liquid
  5. Strain into clean pitcher
  6. Add juice of 1-2 limes (depending on your taste)
  7. Add pinch of salt
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 until you are out of watermelon, or until your pitcher is full
  9. Serve chilled, or on ice
  10. Enjoy & share

If you love citrus like I do, feel free to substitute the limes for a grapefruit – or use both. I prefer two limes per blender of watermelon, then finish with one grapefruit to complete the batch. Want a little heat? Use chili salt, or blend in a seeded jalapeño or serrano pepper. The possibilities are endless, and sure to be refreshing. Also, this juice is an excellent mixer for tequila, gin, or vodka.


 

Photographed above: Reusable shopping bags, Santoku blade

Photographed above: Ninja blender

Photographed above: Rubbermaid pitcher, canning funnelreusable strainers, and a Govino shatterproof cup.

This summer I am making a batch each week, and pacing myself so I don’t drink all three liters in one day. I hope you find this as refreshing as I do.


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Author: Tracey

Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has one amazing husband and two fluffy beasts.

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