Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Watermelon Agua Fresca (Watermelon Fruit Water)

Agua fresca is a light fresh fruit drink popular throughout Mexico. Watermelon Agua Fresca is made by blending fresh watermelon with a simple syrup and water.  Serve this delicious drink over ice with fresh mint.    
As I sit and type this post it's still a whopping 99 degrees at 8:00 pm. Ugh don't you just love summer in Texas!!! We have been trying to keep cool any way possible. Usually it's staying in the house and enjoying the AC with a big glass of iced tea. It's so hot that no one really wants to do anything outside and I can't say that I blame them.

Summers in Texas are brutal to say the least. I have been trying not to turn the stove on to much and if i do, it's for a short period of time. Salads, no bake desserts, fruits and easy dinners have been on the menu at our house lately. 

We've also been consuming a new favorite in our house, Watermelon Agua FrescaIf you are not familiar with this yummy drink let me explain. "Agua Fresca” means "fresh water". Add fruit and you have a yummy fruit water.

In this case Watermelon Agua Fresca!! The kids and I love to go to our local Mexican supermarket called El Rio Grande. They have the freshest and lowest price on produce. Not to mention homemade flour and corn tortillas, Mexican pastries and lots and lots of different fruit waters. Some of my favorites are strawberry agua fresca, watermelon, mango and my favorite rice drink horchata.

I didn't realize it was so easy to make your own agua fresca. I poked around online and found a recipe and adapted it just a bit to suit my own taste. Watermelon Agua Fresca is the perfect treat to make when you have lots of leftover watermelon. Plus right now watermelons are starting to drop in price as summer starts to come to an end. 

Making it the perfect time to whip up a batch of this delicious water. If watermelon isn't your thing then you can use this same method with cantaloupe, honey dew melon, pineapple or strawberries. 

You may have to adjust the amount of water and simple syrup for each of the different fruits. I am going to try my hand at Mango Agua Fresca next time. I cant wait!I'm hooked on this stuff. If you have some leftover watermelon in the fridge go and make this fruity water, because I know your going to love it as much as I do.

To get started you will first need to prepare a simple syrup. While the syrup is cooling cut up and seed your watermelon. A seedless watermelon can be used, but they are more expensive and much smaller than a regular sized one.

Measure the cut watermelon and the 1/2 cup simple syrup. Add everything to a blender and puree. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together really well and all the watermelon is pureed. Pour mixture through a medium strainer into a bowl then pour into a pitcher.

Pour over ice and enjoy.

Adapted from: Domesticated Diva


kitchen flavours said... #

So refreshing and yummy! This is indeed a great satisfying drink on a hot afternoon. We make it here often too. I guess we are lucky that we have watermelon whole year round in Malaysia. And I always envy you guys for all the lovely berries.... still do!

Prairie Story said... #

This does sound very refreshing!!! When I first read the title I was thinking Watermelon + Fresca the soft drink! ~Alison

April@The 21st Century Housewife said... #

That does look so refreshing - perfect for a hot summer's day!!

Susan said... #

Delicious! Perfect summer recipe!

Unknown said... #

I can't wait to try this! In the heat we're having here, nothing sounds good, but this sounds PERFECT!

Robin @ Blommi said... #

Next time I buy a whole watermelon I will be making a batch. With a family of 3, a whole watermelon takes awhile to get through :)

Rachelle S said... #

Mmm, this sounds good! I bet a fizzy club soda in it would be great too.

Sarah said... #

Totally refreshing and perfect for a summer barbeque. I still stop to pick out the white seeds from the 'seedless' watermelon.

Lynn said... #

This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing it. I am dying to try it.

Jenny said... #

I tried this and it was good. But I omitted the added sugar because the fruit is sweet enough. This is a good substitute for soda, which too many children are overconsuming these days.

Mariah said... #

I always envy you guys for all the lovely berries.... still do!

Jane said... #

Totally refreshing and perfect for a summer barbeque. I still stop to pick out the white seeds from the 'seedless' watermelon.

Okmulgee Lawyer said... #

Wow, I first read the title I was thinking Watermelon + Fresca the soft drink! ~Alison, thanks.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said... #

That watermelon agua sounds so refreshing on a hot summer day. My parents like to do something similar with strawberries. So yummy. Thanks for coming by to share a few recipes :) Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said... #

You can also prepare a simple syrup with splenda the same way as with regular sugar. This would be a fabulous drink for diabetics. Probably could be made with good carb berries as well.

Crystal said... #

I just made this and me and the kids LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe!

Whitney said... #

Wonderful recipe. I also added 1 tsp. of citric acid to perk it up so it isn't quite so one note. Delicious!

Unknown said... #

Really it is Looking so nice & yummy. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe.