Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Hope you all had a good weekend. We had a good one that included our usual weekend chores; cleaning, laundry, grocery and along with that we threw in a mix of Blueberry picking fare. We had been planning for the blueberry picking for a long time now, but it materialized only last week.

We went there with another friend of ours and it was fun time both for kids and adults as well. Fresh, luscious blueberries hand picked right off of the farm; close to the nature as we could get and it was a wonderful experience. In the two and half hours that we had been there, we managed to get close to a galloon of blueberries, all for a decent price.

The only complaint we had was the scorching summer heat. Well it was the end of June and in the state of Texas what else could we expect?ย  The less said about the heat the better. It was a payback time for all the good time that we had there. End of it all, we were craving for ice cold water and fresh juices, to quench that never ending thirst.

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After we got back home I was so relieved to see a big hunk of water melon sitting pretty in the corner of the refrigerator. All I could think of was making fresh watermelon juice/ Watermelon Limeade Cooler. Since we had some club soda at home, DH suggested making Watermelon Agua Fresca. Well I was stumped hearing the name as I was hearing it for the first time and was imagining something complex. ย 

I love it when a complex sounding name (at least for people me hearing for the first time) such as this turns out to be an elegant, no-frill drink so apt for a scorching summer heat. Agua Fresca is Spanish for “fresh waterโ€ is a combination of fresh fruit, water and these drinks are popular in Mexico. Being non-alcoholic these are kid friendly too. The kiddo had this without the soda and he loved it.

You can substitute other fruits like papaya, strawberries, mangoes or cantaloupe instead of watermelon for making this juice.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon (seeded and rind removed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Juice of lime (I used lemon, as I did not have lime) add more if required
  • 4 cups club soda ( chilled )
  • lemon slices

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Preparation:

  • Puree the watermelon, part of the water and the sugar in a blender.
  • Pour this through a strainer into a container to remove the pulp.
  • Stir in the juice of lemon and refrigerate.
  • Stir in soda while serving and garnish with lemon wedges.
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18 comments

  1. Desi Soccer Mom says:

    I thought it was Aqua Fresca! But I may be wrong, I don’t know Spanish. ๐Ÿ™‚ The drink looks refreshing not to mention the clicks. Gorgeous as always.
    I made this last year without the club soda. This year we have been just eating it. No patience to blend.

  2. RedChillies says:

    Thanks so much Jaya. Incidentally I had thought that it was Aqua Fresca too and (I don’t know Spanish either) kept googling it, only to find that it is called “Agua Fresca”. Adding club soda gives it a kick isn’t it?

    Thanks Aps. You have been MIA for a while now. Hope you are doing well and that you have settled now.

    Thanks Pavithra. you are so sweet!

    Thanks Suma!

  3. redchillies says:

    Thanks Sharmi. So true, now that you mention it does remind me of the good old chemistry beakers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks Prathibha, you need to come over here and get some ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Rachana. We love watermelon during summer too and cannot have enough of it.

    Thanks Pavani, it is refreshing and so glad you liked them.

  4. Soma says:

    Yes a complex name for a very very pretty but easy drink. Supriya I am blown away by the pictures, esp the one against the black back ground. Perfect lighting and perfect colors.cannot take my eyes off it ๐Ÿ™‚ summer ain’t complete without this red melon is it?

  5. Apu says:

    Looks so refreshing!! I love watermelon, and with the heat around here nowdays I am just eating my way through them:)

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