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Aguas Frescas Recipe

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 Time15 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agua fresca, agua fresca receta, agua fresca recipe, how to make agua fresca, watermelon agua fresca, what is agua fresca
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 189kcal
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • 1 strainer
  • 1 blender

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

Instructions

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.

Notes

To Store: 
Keep in the refrigerator in a covered pitcher for up to 4 days. Give it a mix just before serving. 
Equipment: 
High-Powered Blender | Sieve Strainer | Sharp Chef's Knife

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.2g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 43g