Skip to Content

Watermelon Agua Fresca – A Refreshing Summer Drink

Agua frescas are light and refreshing drinks perfect for summer. These are flavored naturally using summer’s bounty of fresh produce. Try this watermelon flavored one to beat the heat this time.

Watermelon Agua Fresca - A refreshing summer drink made with fruit juice

Sip a  glass of  Agua  Fresca on a  hot  day  and you will immediately  feel  refreshed. No wonder  it  is  such a  popular  drink all over  Central  America.  It is  essentially a chilled drink made  with  fruit  juice  and  optional flavorings. Abundant  ripe watermelons  of  the  season makes  Watermelon Agua Fresca –  a  refreshing  start  to this  years #cookoutweek !

It is time  for  #CookoutWeek 2018 ! During the week, I am joining over 50 of my blogger friends to celebrate summer by posting delicious cookout-themed recipes. If you love grilling, frozen treats, picnics, berries, s’mores, campfire meals, and other summer goodies… you are in the right place!   Here is  the  first  and  don’t  forget  to  scroll down  and  enter  the  giveaway , the  goodies   are  lovely  – I can  personally vouch for   that !

On to the  Agua Fresca  – no  I am not  going  to  go into   the  length and  breadth of  why it is  agua  fresca, and not  just  cold  watermelon juice !  maybe   someday I will, but  not  today !  Did  I  hear a  sigh of  relief ??   May be  I should  pretend  like  I didn’t – Oh well !

It  is  the  start  of  cookout  week – and  it is all about  enjoying  the  outdoors – backyards , beaches, parks and plenty of  the  open  spaces  we  are  blessed  with!   Take  this  time  to   get  out , load  up the  coolers  and lay down the  picnic  blanket.

Before  you fire up that  grill,  Make  sure  that  you have  Agua  Fresca or  something  similar  handy – I  am   told  that a  bit  of Tequila  or   Rum (personal fav)   and Triple  Sec   works wonders  in this.  Frankly  who can  fault  you  if  you  need  some  motivation  to keep working  on the  grill   when the mercury hits 100°F  ?   At  least  that  is my DH’s  excuse,  but  for  the  sake  of our  future,  that  has  been  liberated  from  the  confines  of  schools  for  an  entirety of  10 weeks (only ! )  let’s  keep it  kid  friendly  here.

The  recipe  for  Watermelon Agua Fresca is very simple!  Blend  the  fruit  with fresh water and  enjoy !

Watermelon Agua Fresca - A refreshing summer drink made with fruit juice

Should I filter  the   juice ?  The recipe  here   asks for  straining  the juice, but  that is  not  always the  case. Usually when we make  it at  home this  step is  skipped. If you have a  powerful blender  chances  are  that  there   will be  little  that  a  strainer will catch.

Even  when   I filter, I do not   use a  fine  mesh strainer.  Rather   I  use a  medium to large  mesh so that   larger   chunks  of  fibers, that  you   could  actually feel  as you drink are   caught.  Unfiltered  juice   will have  some solids   separate if  it is left  to stand  for  some  time.  When that happens just  stir it  back in.

Do not  filter if  the  loss of   nutrition  or   blood  sugar  is  an  issue  for  you. In which  case   skip  the  filtering  portion  and  do not  add  any extra  sugar  either.

Watermelon Agua Fresca - A refreshing summer drink made with fruit juice

So here is  the  recipe  for  Agua  Fresca   and  don’t  forget  to   enter  the  giveaway and  the  other   fantastic   recipes for #cookoutweek

A jug of Watermelon Agua Fresca pouring into a tall glass with garnishes of lemon and mint in teh background

Watermelon Agua Fresca

By Syama
A refreshing cool drink made with fruits. This lightened version of watermelon juice is refreshing but low in calories. A hint of citrus and mint complements the natural sweetness of the watermelon. Easy to make and serve, it is a great drink to enjoy on any summer day ! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • 5 C Ripe Watermelon Peeled and diced.
  • 2 C Chilled water
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Raw Sugar As needed

To Serve

  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 Lemon
  • Few Mint leaves


  • Place the water melon slices in a blender jar and blend at high till smooth. You may have to do this in batches depending on your blender. Strain the juice into large pitcher or bowl. 
  • If the watermelon is not sweet enough add 1 – 2 tbsp of sugar to 1 C water and stir to mix.  Add the water  and fresh lemon  juice to the pitcher and mix.  Taste and  add more  sugar only if  necessary . Stir and chill in the fridge for 1 hour or till needed .
  • Slice the lemon into thin rounds. Fill a glass with crushed ice , place a slice of lemon on top and add 1 -2 bruised mint leaves. Top off   with the  chilled agua fresca and serve.


  • Often times I start with watermelon that is already chilled. In that  case  you it  is ready to  be served   right  away no chilling  necessary. 
  • Often the summertime watermelons are sweet that you don’t have to add extra sugar.
  • Do not skip the lemon juice.

Important: Values are only estimates. Actuals vary depending on ingredients and serving size.

Tried this recipe?Mention @Oventales or tag #Oventales on Instagram
Watermelon Agua Fresca -  A  refreshing  summer drink with watermelon flavors


This week, we are also hosting a HUGE giveaway thanks to our generous #CookoutWeek sponsors. Enter below to win. Here’s what one lucky will will receive:

  • Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill from blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen. This grill has 280 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates and two 12-inch side shelves for extra prep space.
  • A Red KitchenAid Mixer and 5 Flavored Butters from our friends at Chef Shamy. Make the World a Butter Place® with Chef Shamy! The winner will receive Garlic Butter, Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butter, Vanilla Bean Honey Butter, Strawberry Honey Butter, and French Onion Butter with Asiago Cheese to use in your favorite cookout recipes. And if you just can’t wait, use 10BUTTER10 starting today to get 10% off your Chef Shamy butter order on Amazon. These butters contain no oil, and the savory butters are perfect for keto recipes.
  • A Duck Product Pack from our friends at Maple Leaf Farms consisting of 2 pkgs All Natural Boneless Duck Breasts (7.5 oz), 2 pkgs Fully Cooked Roast Half Ducks w/Orange Sauce (14 oz), 1 pkg Duck Bacon (12 oz), and 1 pkg All Natural Duck Legs (16 oz). Maple Leaf Farms is celebrating its 60th anniversary raising White Pekin ducks on local, family-owned farms.
  • Butter-flavored Organic Coconut Oil from our friends at Barlean’s. This dairy free option offers all the healthy benefits of organic coconut oil, with the rich taste of butter. It’s great on toast, popcorn, baked potatoes, or cooked vegetables. You can also substitute it 1:1 for butter in baking, cooking, and frying, and of course it is perfect as a butter substitute for all your favorite cookout recipes.
  • 24 Cartons of Vinegar Shots from our friends at Vermont Village. You’ll receive 12 cartons of turmeric flavor and 12 cartons of cranberry flavor. Each carton contains 12 individual, 1 fluid ounce vinegar shot pouches! This raw, organic apple cider vinegar has rich flavors from whole foods and is sweetened naturally with honey.

That’s a prize pack worth over $750!

To enter, follow our sponsors and bloggers on social media by entering your information below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s a full list of the bloggers participating in #CookoutWeek 2018! You can find yummy recipes by checking out any of the links below:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresApril GoLightlyAuthentically CandaceBlogghettiBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenCheese Curd In ParadiseChef Sarah ElizabethCoconut & LimeCookaholic WifeCookwithRenuDaily Dish RecipesEveryday EileenFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFrankly EntertainingFrugal & FitGet the Good Stuff!Hardly A GoddessHerbivore CucinaJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJolene’s Recipe JournalJonesin’ For TasteKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsMildly MeanderingMoore or Less CookingOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeSarah Cooks the BooksSavory MomentsSeduction In The KitchenStrawberry Blondie KitchenSweet CoraliceTampa Cake GirlTechnotiniThat RecipeThe Baking FairyThe Beard and The BakerThe Freshman CookThe Simple SupperThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetThis is How I CookWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen

Comment below with your favorite cookout recipe!
An InLinkz Link-up

Clams sauteed Goan Style
Tisreo Sukhem - Clams and Coconut Inspired By Flavors of Goa
Grilled Duck Breasts With Spiced Orange Sauce
Grilled Duck Breasts With Spicy Orange Sauce
Recipe Rating


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Watermelons are the best for summers. They are those delicious angels who help us to go through the harsh summers. I love the name Agua Fresca. Beautiful creativity! You have transformed a simple watermelon juice into something more brilliant. Thanks for sharing


Friday 10th of August 2018

Thank you for the kind words !


Sunday 1st of July 2018

I'm a total watermelon addict! This is totally going on the menu.


Monday 25th of June 2018

I haven't made agua fresca for the longest time, but this looks awesome! <3 Perfect for summer!


Monday 25th of June 2018

A perfect summer refresher to enjoy poolside.