Agua Fresca

How-To: Agua Fresca

By Selma Komisky

Summer is a great time to whip out a homemade drink and Agua Fresca is a great way to cool the pallet on a warm day. In Spanish, Agua Fresca means “fresh waters.” It’s a Mexican beverage that is frequently offered at authentic restaurants. These cold, colorful, and refreshing fruit drinks are usually displayed in large glass dispensers filled with ice to chill. Delight your guests this summer with this delicious and easy refreshing drink. You can easily prepare these yummy drinks using seasonal fresh fruit. (i.e. cantaloupe, strawberries, mango, pineapple.)

Agua Fresca are made by first pureeing the fruit and slowly adding fresh cold water. Allow the mixture to chill at least one hour to develop flavor. Sugar is optional in the recipe, depending how sweet your fruit already is. If you are on a special diet, you can use a sugar substitute or Agave and adjust ratio of sugar to your taste.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe:

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

ice cubes or crushed ice (or if you want to make the drink more slushie, freeze watermelon chunks and add them to your Agua Fresca)


* Makes 8 servings – Prep time 25min.

  • Wash all fruit before using
  • Prep your fruit ahead of time by cutting into small cubes
  • Remove the rind, seeds, peeling etc….
  • Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth
  • Add sugar (or agave) to taste
  • Crush with a masher (if you don’t want pieces in your drink)
  • Chill 1hr.
  • Stir before serving
  • Fill each glass with ice

Chill and Serve in a nice glass or glass dispenser for a party