Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Agua fresca made with fresh strawberries and watermelon! Classic Mexican fresh fruit drink.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Head into any taqueria here in the West and likely you’ll find agua fresca (translated literally “fresh water”) for sale as well. The standard flavors are tamarindo (made with tamarind), horchata (rice and cinnamon), and jamaica (hibiscus), but you can make agua fresca, a cooling, refreshing drink, from almost any juicy fruit.

They were selling this combination—watermelon and strawberry—at Whole Foods today. The samples were so good I had to make some for myself when I got home. I think they would freeze well, too, as a fruit popsicle (without the added water, and maybe a bit more sugar).

Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca

Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 cups


  • 1 pound diced seedless or seeded watermelon (without rind), about 3-4 cups
  • 8 ounces strawberries, stems removed (about a pint)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cold water


Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If you want, you can strain the purée through a mesh sieve, to strain out any pulpy pieces that didn't get broken up in the blender. Adjust the ingredients to taste.

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  • Onna

    I made this today with watermelon and strawberries I had just bought, the strawberries and watermelon tasted great before I made them into this. I don’t know what I did wrong but after I made them into this drink it didn’t taste good, the drink tastes like I used fruit/melon on the verge of rotting when that is not the case at all. ill have to try this again another time and trg getting the supplies from a different store.?

  • ha3rvey

    Blue Mesa, a local “southwestern” restaurant, has aqua fresca on their brunch menu. The last time I went, it tasted of cantaloupe and oranges. I have to try making it at home.

    Plus, Fiesta (or was it Carnival) grocery stores have an aqua fresca “bar” right by the front door. It’s a huge temptation.

  • James

    You must be from around the bay if you are bombarded with “Taquerias”. They are all over here in San Francisco! Almost always good though. And mentioning whole foods, you are definitely from around these parts, so hello neighbor! Anyways, I do enjoy a drink like this on these hot summer days so thanks for the recipe.. I’m going to try it out today! :D

  • savory_fan

    Hi Elise! In area where I live it’s a watermelon’s season but not the strawberry. Will it work if I replace fresh strawberries by frozen?

  • Elise

    Hi Ford – I didn’t really notice the strawberry seeds, but there were still a few small lumps of watermelon in mine. You can press the purée through a strainer if you want it super smooth.

    Hi Savory – Doesn’t hurt to try. Let us know how using frozen strawberries works out for you if you try it.

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