Watermelon Aguas Frescas

When I was in college, I used to visit this little hole in the wall restaurant almost everyday. It was on my way to class, and they served big glasses of the most amazing, intensely flavored aguas frescas for only a dollar. They always had a variety of flavors on hand: strawberry, cantaloupe,  watermelon, mango, tamarind, etc. And each gulp was like biting into a piece of perfectly ripe fruit. Now, on days like this, when the summer heat becomes almost unbearable, I long to return to that restaurant (now some six hundred miles away) for a tall, thirst quenching glass. Luckily for me, it is much easier to simply make some myself here at home. I start by filling my blender with diced fresh watermelon, and then adding enough cold water to bring the blender to capacity (about 2-3 cups). I then add anywhere from two tablespoons to a third of a cup of sugar, depending on how sweet the watermelon is (this one was pretty sweet). Run the blender until the mixture is smooth, then strain the beautiful pink liquid through a fine mesh strainer, to remove all of the fruit pulp. Add the juice of one lime and a large pinch of salt, and chill it in the refrigerator. You will want to repeat this process several times if you are making a pitcher (as I typically am). (You can dilute this drink as much as you would like with more cold water to stretch it further, but I like mine to be pretty strongly flavored.)Serve it over ice, with a garnish of watermelon and fresh mint, and you have a perfect beat the heat summer drink which is sure to satisfy. Cheers!

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13 responses to “Watermelon Aguas Frescas

  1. I love the color of watermelon 🙂 There is some pretty decent agua fresca to be had at the Salem Saturday Market, too!

  2. My favorite fruit! Vibrant colors.

  3. Gorgeous! It looks SOOO refreshing!

  4. Look FANTASTIC! I want a glass now.

  5. I want that drink now. Looks wonderfully refreshing and perfect for summer.

  6. jm

    What a simple and refreshing sounding drink! I can’t wait to try this for myself. beautiful photos as well. summer in a glass! 🙂

  7. I could use an Aquas Frescas right about now. You make that watermelon look so good too!

    Bon appetit!
    =:~)

  8. Delish! And oh so appropriate for the summer! I see buying a watermelon in my future

  9. That color is amazing. Bet the taste is, too… 🙂

  10. Sounds wonderful and cool:)

  11. Michelle

    I’m so glad I found this! I had some cut up watermelon just sitting in my fridge that I wasn’t sure what to do with, but now it’s that delicious drink. Thank you!

  12. This looks great–I would have loved to have this at my barbecue this weekend.

  13. Just made a batch and it’s chillin’ in the refrigerator. Had to sample a bit so I mixed it with a half glass of lemonade and it was really refreshing. And it speaks summer in volumes! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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