What is Agua Fresca?
Head into any taqueria here in the West and likely you'll find agua fresca (translated literally "fresh water") for sale.
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.
Watermelon Agua Fresca with Strawberry
They were selling this combination — watermelon and strawberry — agua fresca at Whole Foods today. The samples were so good I had to make this watermelon drink recipe 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
- 1 pound diced seedless or seeded watermelon (without rind), about 3-4 cups
- 8 ounces strawberries, stems removed (about a pint)
- 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
- 1 tablespoon 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.