Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca

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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Horchata Arroz Marrón del Jazmín - made with brown jasmine rice, from Piegirl

Jamaica Flower Iced Tea from Heidi of 101 Cookbooks

Pineapple ginger and cucumber lemongrass agua frescas from Matt of Matt Bites

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  • David

    Whoa! I opened up this page, and it was like a blast of chilly refreshment, Elise! That looks like just the thing for a blazing-hot summer day (like today, fyi)

    I’m going to get a watermelon this week and make this, perhaps adding a spritz of sparkling wine…even though that’s not exactly Mexican.

  • 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.

  • Abby

    That’s a beautiful picture! The color is great. And it sounds tasty, too! I love watermelon, especially. Around here they actually make vanilla and watermelon milkshakes in the summer. I’d report on the taste but … they kinda scare me.

  • Ellie

    I usually make this just with the watermelon, but I am going to have to try this with strawberry :) Thanks for the idea!

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