How to Make Agua Fresca

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How to Make Agua Fresca

I’m currently flying in the sky headed to Florida to visit some family for the 4th of July. It’s going to be a quick and snappy trip—just how I like it. But first, let’s talk about How to Make Agua Fresca!

And I was going to wait to post this recipe next week but I’m having some flight entertainment issues. I downloaded a bunch of episodes of season seven Drag Race for the plane and they didn’t actually download, unfortunately, so I’m bored. I figured I’d share this recipe instead of being bored, so here’s to hoping you have time to make it before the 4th!! If not, then maybe you can make it this weekend or the weekend after. Summer isn’t going anywhere.

How to Make Agua Fresca

In fact, it’s just gearing up. This weekend it’s going to be 105 degrees F in LA. WHUUT! Yes, and I’m getting back just in time for the beautifully warm festivities. You best believe I’m making a big batch of all three for the weekend.

How to Make Agua Fresca

How to Make Agua Fresca

What Is Agua Fresca?!

Agua fresca will forever be one of my favorite things about getting Mexican food in LA. The watermelon agua fresca is always my number one go-to.

I shared these recipes in The Year of Cozy but didn’t include the honeydew. Instead, I think there was a recipe for jamaica in there. Man, that book was so long ago. I was thumbing through it the other day and there are SO many things I’d do differently. I think that’s how any creative project goes.

Let’s talk about aguas frescas. They originate from Mexico and translate literally to be “cool waters.” They have other flavors too like tamarindo, agua de horchata and cucumber. They’ll quench and any thirst and they’re amazing on a super hot day.

These don’t necessarily need sugar. The sugar component depends on how ripe the fruit is. If it’s a super ripe melon, it’ll be super pretty sweet and probably won’t need sugar.

I added a bit of sugar to the cantaloupe and honeydew and zero sugar to the watermelon so use your best judgement!

If you make them, be sure to let me know on Instagram! 

Aguas Frescas (Watermelon, Cantaloupe + Honeydew)

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Aguas Frescas translate to "cool waters." These are made from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. This Mexican refreshing beverage, is perfect for a warm day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size: 4 servings
Calories: 189kcal

Ingredients

Honeydew Agua Fresca:

  • 4 pound honeydew, flesh chopped up, seeds and skin discarded
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime

Watermelon Agua Fresca

  • 3 to 5 pound seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, if needed

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

  • 4 pound cantaloupe, flesh and seeds scooped out
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime

Directions

To Make Honeydew Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the honeydew, water, sugar and lime juice. Pulse until completely smooth and pureed. Pour the mixture into the strainer, allowing it to drain. Feel free to help it along by stirring it with a whisk. Give it a taste and add any more sugar, if needed. Transfer it to pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.

To Make Watermelon Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the cubed watermelon and water. Pulse until pureed and very smooth. Give it a taste; adjust the sugar accordingly. If it's at the beginning of the summer, you may need to add a bit of sugar, toward the end of the season, the watermelons will be super sweet and will need none at all.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a pitcher, pressing the watermelon pulp with the back of a spoon to release any excess juices. Transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

To Make Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the cantaloupe flesh, its seeds, water, sugar and lime juice. Pulse until completely smooth and pureed. Pour the mixture into the strainer, allowing it to drain. Feel free to help it along by stirring it with a whisk. Give it a taste and add any more sugar, if needed. Transfer it to pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.
CourseDrinks
CuisineMexican
Keywordagua fresca, agua fresca recipe, how to make agua fresca, watermelon agua fresca, what is agua fresca
Nutrition Facts
Aguas Frescas (Watermelon, Cantaloupe + Honeydew)
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.7g1%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 1048mg30%
Carbohydrates 48.2g16%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 2.5g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Taina Brown July 3, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    Yes! Watermelon agua Fresca at the flower market is a Saturday morning well spent to me! Gonna miss that about LA. But now I can make my own!

  • Reply Coco July 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

    5 stars
    Such a great idea! I love how easy they are! Also beautiful pictures as always. Thanks for sharing!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

  • Reply Jaime July 8, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    5 stars
    Just made the watermelon agua fresca and it’s so good! More cost effective than buying watermelon juice from the shop downtown, and no more work to make it than to drive all the way there. Watermelon is my fave thing about summer.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      yassss! so much more cost effective. you get so much more for your money! and i can drink so much watermelon juice. haha. it truly is the best thing about summer. 🙂

  • Reply Katelyn February 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve got two questions, but first I just wanted to say congratulations and keep up the great work! I love your book, and just happened to wind up here by chance after looking for some Agua Fresca recipes.

    1. Why do you add the seeds with the cantaloupe flesh, while they are discarded from the honeydew?

    2. How long do you suppose they’d keep, refrigerated in a sealed bottle? (Psh, like I’m not gonna down it all the second it’s ready!)

    Thanks again!
    Kate

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 18, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      Oh thank you so much! I keep the seeds in with the cantaloupe because I believe they give off a nice almond flavor. I’d say they’d keep for about 3 days. Let me know how they go! 🙂

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