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Perfect for the dog days of summer, this Blueberry Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe is a supremely refreshing, simple, fruit-infused drink that will cool you down faster than you can say its name! (It’s also easily turned into a tasty cocktail, if you’re so inclined!)
Raise your hand if you actually drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Me? I try to. I really do.
Especially when I’m actually making it to the gym more than once a week. There’s something about working up a sweat that really makes me crave it – even room temp water tastes good when you’re overheating.
Other than that, you would imagine, since I work from home, that I would drink a ton of water, right. I mean, I have access to it whenever I’m thirsty. The fridge is literally in my office.
Aside from my 2-3 daily cups of coffee and maybe a glass when I take vitamins, the rest of my liquid consumption is a crapshoot.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE BLUEBERRY WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy agua fresca recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
For those of you who, like younger me, don’t care for flavorless water, agua fresca may be your gateway bevvie.
I shot this the same day I cranked out a bunch of grilled recipes. It was conveniently still all prettied up when I came in from the 100+ degree “feels like” temps.
That’s plenty hot enough, and when you throw in hovering over a 400 degree grill? There’s a good sweat.
A good, miserably humid sweat.
I could have grabbed a bottle of water, but this was right there, tempting me…and it was basically instant refreshment. Like, I’m not sure I’ve ever felt as bright after being outside as I did in the moment I took that sip.
There’s a reason watermelon is the ultimate BBQ food. It makes sense that it works this well in a drink!
What Is Agua Fresca?
Aguas frescas, Spanish for “fresh waters”, are non-alcoholic beverages made from fruit, vegetables, flowers, or seeds and blended with water and often sugar.
They are are popular in the United States, but especially so in Mexico, where they are sold by street vendors, and in bodegas and restaurants.
Popular Aguas Frescas Flavors
If you’re not a fan of blueberries or watermelon, or just want to try other varieties of agua fresca, there are dozens of flavors & flavor combos!
- Tropical fruits, such as Guava, Pineapple, Papaya, Mango, and Passion Fruit
- Citrus, like Lime, Lemon, and Orange
- Berries, like Strawberry and Raspberry
- Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Grape, and Prickly Pear
- More savory flavors, like Cucumber and Tamarind
- Floral flavors, like Hibiscus (also known as agua de Jamaica)
- Chia, which is usually blended with a fruit or vegetable
- Horchata, derived from rice, is also considered an agua fresca
Can I Add Alcohol To Agua Fresca?
Of course you can! This drink is the perfect vehicle for an easy summer cocktail as well!
To make the beverage boozy, just swap some of the water added to the pitcher step out with your favorite clear liquor. Tequila, vodka, or (flavored) white rum would all be tasty options, so play around and see which one you like the best!
How To Make Watermelon Agua Fresca
First, cube up a quarter of a watermelon. That much will yield about 4 glasses, so if you’d like a larger amount, double or triple the recipe.
Combine the watermelon, some freshly squeezed lime juice, and water in a blender and whizz it up until the fruit has broken down. Taste and add sugar if you’d like – summer melons are often very sweet, but the lime affects the sweetness.
Next, set a fine-mesh strainer over a large mixing bowl. Pour the blended juice through and use a rubber spatula to press the solids against the strainer to extract all the liquid. Discard the solids, and transfer the liquid to a large drink pitcher. Add 1-2 cups of water (to taste!) to the agua fresca, then refrigerate.
When you’re ready to serve, gently muddle some mint and blueberries in tall drinking glasses. Fill the glasses to the top with crushed ice, then pour in the watermelon agua fresca. Garnish the drinks with whole blueberries, a sprig of mint, and a slice of watermelon if you’d like.
It’s not only a refreshing drink, it’s so pretty for summer holidays!
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Blueberry Watermelon Agua Fresca
- ¼ large watermelon cubed
- 2 ½ cups cold water divided
- ½ cup lime juice freshly squeezed
- 2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste
- ½ cup blueberries plus more for garnish
- 20 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- Lime slices for garnish
- Watermelon slices for garnish
- Place watermelon cubes, 1/2 cup water, and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Add sugar to taste, blending well.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl. Use a rubber spatula to press the solids against the strainer, the extract all of the liquid. Discard the solids.
- Pour the liquid into a large pitcher and add 1-2 cups cold water. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Divide blueberries and mint into 4 glasses, then gently crush with a cocktail muddler. Fill each glass with ice and divide agua fresca between them.
- Garnish with a few whole blueberries, mint sprigs, and a thin watermelon wedge, if desired.