Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water)

This Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water) is fresh, sweet, zesty and SO refreshing! Delicious for sharing at a gathering or enjoy while reading your favorite book! It’s easily made into an adult beverage to share with friends. 

Three glasses with agua de sandia and limes on the side.
Refreshing Agua De Sandia Con Limon

Watermelon Agua Fresca

The taste of summer in a refreshing drink; Watermelon Water! This Agua Fresca is easy to whip up and share. Make a large pitcher and have ready for your convenience!

There’s no doubt that Agua Frescas are Mexico’s favorite drinks. You can find them in every restaurant, mercados & even street vendors. I’m so happy their popularity is increasing in the U.S. as well!

Origin

Mexican Aguas Frescas are made by mixing water with fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, flowers, grains, and cereals, then it’s mixed with some sugar. 

Aguas Frescas origin started with the drinks that were sold in the pre-Hispanic tianguis (Mexican markets) and still to the day, every mercado in Mexico has at least one agua stand.

These drinks are called “frescas”, because they used to be kept in clay pots and, therefore, the temperature of the drink was always a few degrees below room temperature. In Oaxaca, for example, before ice was available, clay pots were placed in boxes made of damp soil from the ground.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s refreshing
  • Ready in less than 10 minutes
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • ​Easy to make a large batch for everyone to enjoy!

Ingredients

🍉 The Watermelon

Find in season watermelon, organic and seedless if possible. This makes it easier to deal with prior to blending. But don’t worry if you just have one with seeds (like I do here), there is an easy work around that.

Cold Water

I keep the water at minimum since watermelon is mostly water already. Plus if you dilute it too much then you have to compensate the loss of flavor with sugar. By keeping the juice with mostly watermelon, you keep the calories down!

The sweetner

The traditional sweetener for this recipe is white sugar. However, it can also be made with stevia, agave, or even brown sugar. Do note that the taste profile may change if you use an a different sweetener.

Lime Juice

We’ll use a little bit of fresh lime juice to balance all of the flavors.

A bowl with watermelon chunks placed on a marble board.

Selecting a ripe watermelon guide

As with most fruits, the flavor of the watermelon greatly depends on the level of ripeness. Watermelons go from bland to sweet in flavor in just a couple of days, and once picked, the melons stop developing flavor. Here are some tips for how to tell if a watermelon is ripe:

1. Well-defined stripes – With distinct color variations between the green lines and the yellow lines. 

2. A large yellow spot on the bottom – melons have an underside, or belly called a “field spot”. This spot on a ripe watermelon will be yellow and not white (which indicates an unripe melon).

3. Check the stem – the stem should be dried up, not green. If the stem area is shriveled and dry, that’s a good signal that the watermelon is ripe.

4. Thump the watermelon – Look for a deep-sounding tone . The sound should be deep, demonstrating it is FULL, not dried out and airy on the inside.

7. Scars and spots are good – Don’t judge a book by its cover. Weathering on the outside of the melon is another indicator that the melon has had plenty of time to sweeten.

How To Make Agua De Sandía

A delicious Mexican meal isn’t complete without a great agua fresca! This drink it’s a must for a perfect summertime gathering or just to enjoy for your weekday meals. There is no doubt that everyone will love it!

  1. In a blender add 4 cups of the watermelon chunks with 1 cup of water. Puree on high speed until the mixture is smooth. Transfer drink to a pitcher.
A blender glass with sandia inside and limes on the side.
A strainer with seeds over a bowl.

If the watermelon has seeds, pass the juice thru a fine mesh strainer to remove the blended seeds.

  • Repeat process with remaining watermelon.
  • Add the ½ cup sugar and lime juice to the pitcher. Mix well and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar to taste if needed.

Pour into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh watermelon (optional).

A tall glass with watermelon drink topped with a watermelon slice.
Delicious Mexican Watermelon Water


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Fun serving ideas

This homemade watermelon drink a short (but flavorful!) ingredient list, so if you’re looking to jazz up your beverage and truly make it your own, let me recommend some delicious add-ins:

  • Spike it: Once you’ve made your homemade iced tea, add a shot of tequila, vodka or make it a spritzer by adding some bubbly. Cheers!
  • Add other fresh fruit: You can slightly change the flavor of the drink by adding small chunks of fresh fruit besides watermelon. I recommend small pieces of cantaloupe, pineapple and strawberries and letting everything sit for a while to infuse the flavors together.
  • Garnish makes everything prettier: Whether you add sliced fruit to your drink, I love serving it with a beautiful garnish of fresh herbs like mint, or just ice and a watermelon triangle.


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How to Store

  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate a batch in an airtight storage container for up to a week. Before serving, give it a swirl with a large spoon to mix again as the watermelon separates from the water when sitting in the pitcher.
  • Freeze – Freeze in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container or freezer bags for up to 3 months. Place in separate batches to cook one as needed.
  • To Thaw – Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
Two glasses filled with ice and watermelon juice with limes on the side.
You’ll love this Watermelon Water!

Extra Watermelon Water Notes:

  • For the best Agua Fresca De Sandia of your life, look for a ripe watermelon, that’s fresh when in season! The texture and flavor are worth the effort.
  • If you have leftover Watermelon Water, turn it into popsicles! It’s a great way to enjoy if afterwards.  
  • For an extra frosty drink, freeze the watermelon chunks before blending. 
  • Because the sweetness of watermelon varies, taste before adding more sugar to your homemade drink, and adjust to taste. 

💫 If you make this recipe be sure to leave a rating in the comments below. You can also tag me on Instagram at @anafriasb.🙏

A tall glass with watermelon drink topped with a watermelon slice.

Easy Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water)

Servings 4 glasses
Ana Frias
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
This Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water) is fresh, sweet, zesty and SO refreshing! Delicious for sharing at a gathering or enjoy while reading your favorite book! It’s easily made into an adult beverage to share with friends. 

Equipment

  • Blender
4 glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups diced fresh watermelon seedless or with seeds
  • 2 cups water * see recipe notes
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about half of a large lime)

Instructions
 

  • In a blender add 4 cups of the watermelon chunks with 1 cup of water. Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth. Transfer drink to a pitcher (see note)
  • Note: If the watermelon has seeds, pass the juice thru fine mesh strainer to remove the blended seeds.
  • Repeat process with remaining watermelon.
  • Add the ½ cup sugar and lime juice to the pitcher. Mix well and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar according to taste.
  • Pour into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh watermelon (optional). This drink is best if consumed within 1 to 2 days max.

*Ana’s Notes:

I keep the water at minimum since watermelon is mostly water already. Plus if you dilute it too much then you have to compensate the loss of flavor with sugar. By keeping the juice with mostly watermelon, you keep the calories down!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1glass with ice | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 31g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 513mg | Calories: 182kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 47g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

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❣️Health Benefits

Watermelon is low in calories and contains almost no fat. While providing many valuable nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, it is somewhat high in sugar, so people who are monitoring their sugar intake may be best served by eating this fruit in moderation.

It fights dehydration, reduces blood pressure, helps ease muscle fatigue plus many more benefits. For more information see WebMD.

Mexico Watermelon Memories

My dad grew watermelons in his campo (farm fields) a couple of times and I loved going to see their progress each weekend. Sometimes I would sneak in the back of his car since I just loved going to see the crops (baby watermelons are the cutest!)

I don’t remember him ever getting upset from surprising him with me hiding in his car. I think he liked it!

Growing up in Ciudad Obregon, which is known for having some of the best farm fields in America (a huge importer of vegetables and fruit to the U.S), meant that we always had the freshest produce around us at all times.

One of the most beautiful sights is seeing the farmers selling fruit from the back of their trucks on the side of the roads. Buying fruits and veggies was almost a must for us since that was our way of supporting the humble Mexican farmers.

Oh how I miss those days!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last summer and absolutely loved it! I will be making it all summer long this year!

  2. 5 stars
    So fresh and refreshing. We love watermelon and I will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    We discovered watermelon water during a recent trip to Cancun. It was so delicious and refreshing – cannot wait to try out this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out amazingly good and it’s so easy to make! My hubby is already asking for more. Thanks for this watermelon water recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite beverages! So fresh and delicious. I’m hooked on all your Agua Frescas, but the watermelon comes out on top.