When the only thing more refreshing than water? Watermelon.
Strawberry watermelon agua fresca makes an incredibly simple, yet somehow special, summer drink. Requiring little more than berries, watermelon, water, and a squirt of lime juice, agua fresca tastes light and sweet, without the complication of a big, multi-ingredient smoothie. Strawberry watermelon agua fresca is part of my summer Holy Trinity: cold drink, book, beach. The beach may not be happening this year, but this watermelon agua fresca recipe sure can — and should.
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What Is Agua Fresca?
Translated as “fresh water” from Spanish, agua fresca is a light, versatile summer beverage popular throughout Mexico and other Central American countries. Agua frescas can be made from fruits like honeydew, cantaloupe, and pineapple. But I love watermelon best for its color and taste. Strawberries add a little more color depth and a nice additional flavor note.
Agua fresca can be a great way to use up extra melon, or melon that is just a day or two past its prime. You know, like when the watermelon takes a turn for the grainy side? Agua fresca time.
Notes on This Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe
As with any recipe where there are only a few ingredients, quality it key. Make sure you use a nice, ripe seasonal watermelon or else the agua fresca will have a bland flavor and require sugar to bump up the flavor. Small strawberries are bigger than the giant supermarket ones that are pumped full of water.
Make sure your ingredients are cold when you start. Use chilled melon and ice water. Adding ice cubes is acceptable, but will dilute the fresh berry-watermelon flavor as they melt.
To make this strawberry watermelon agua fresca recipe, blend strawberries, watermelon, cold water, and a spritz of lime juice until very smooth. Taste it. If it is a little bland, add some sweetener like sugar, agave, or stevia. Also, a small pinch of salt actually heightens the sweet fruit flavor without adding a salt flavor.
Eliminate the strawberries, or sub in an additional cup of melon if you like. It will all work. Enjoy this most refreshing, and gorgeous, summer drink.
Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca
- 4 cups cubed watermelon, from 1/4 of a large watermelon
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 cups cold water
- sweetener of choice, optional
- Blend the strawberries, watermelon, water, and lime juice until very smooth. Taste. If necessary, add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon or so of sugar, agave, or the stevia equivalent.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Pour into glasses, garnish with fruit if desired, and serve immediately.