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Better than lemonade: Recipe for watermelon aguas frescas

If there’s one thing I fell in love with in southern Texas, it was aguas frescas. Silly thing is, I never realized just how easy it was to make. All that stood between me and the most refreshing beverage on earth was a little melon, some water and sugar. And of course the knowledge of what to do with it all.


  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Add watermelon and four cups water to a blender and blend thoroughly. This brought my children up from the basement asking for milk shakes. You can see why we have a blender.
  • Pour in a pitcher and add the rest of the water.
  • Add the sugar and stir well.
  • Chill in the refrigerator. This is a beverage best served cold, but without ice. The ice dilutes the flavor too much. If you must use ice, cut back on the water a little.

Now isn’t that the best, most refreshing summer drink you’ve ever tasted? It’s really good with cantaloupe, too. In fact, I think I prefer the cantaloupe aquas frescas, though I don’t actually like eating cantaloupe. Serve with a little pollo con aguacate and have yourself a Mexican street stand night!

(Pollo con aquacate with aguas frescas was the first thing I ever bought at a street stand in Mexico. I have no idea how it was made, but my made up recipe goes something like this: two chicken breasts diced and fried over medium heat. Mash and stir in one avacado in the last minute or so of cooking. Serve in tortillas with sour cream.)

And when you’re all done with that, you can preserve some of the deliciousness of late summer’s bounty with some watermelon rind jelly.

0 thoughts on “Better than lemonade: Recipe for watermelon aguas frescas

  1. Taderdoodles, I often freeze watermelon chunks to use as smoothies later in the year, so I’d think you could do that, then thaw them for this recipe.

    I like to make a watermelon/strawberry slushee for hot summer days. I puree enough strawberries and watermelon together (the strawberries make the flavor stronger, the watermelon makes it all more sweet, without having to add sugar), then throw in some ice cubes and blend it all together. It’s a very different and lighter feel than the smoothies I normally make (no ice, all frozen fruit, some milk and vanilla yogurt).

    The aguas frescas sounds delicious with the pollo. I’m a big fan of avocado! (I found your blog through a comment you left at quivering daughters)

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