Agua Fresca Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 7, 2010

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This is one darn cute pink drink!

Aguas frescas are “fresh cold waters” in Spanish, and it means a refreshing Mexican drink made from liquefied fruit. Watermelon makes a classic version, and adding some Meyer lemon juice creates an interesting watermelon lemonade that isn’t too sweet.

It is a perfect So Cal alternative to iced tea or plain lemonade.

Agua Fresca Watermelon Lemonade

This takes 8 cups of watermelon chunks

Agua Fresca Watermelon Lemonade

  • 4 pounds watermelon
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice (can use regular lemons)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar

Cut watermelon into slices and remove the rind. Cut slices into chunks. You should have about 8 cups of watermelon chunks.

In two batches, whirl watermelon chunks in a blender until liquefied (if you do it all at once, your blender lid will blow off, so don’t!). Pour slushy watermelon pulp through a mesh strainer into a pitcher. Allow to drain for several minutes, until all that is left is pulp. Discard the pulp. You should have about 3 1/3 to 3 1/2 cups watermelon juice.

Add lemon juice, water and 4 tablespoons sugar to the pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Taste and add the remaining tablespoon (or more) of sugar if your palate wants it.

Pour over ice, with a mint sprig for garnish, sit back and cool off!

Serves 4-6 (about 6-ish cups).

Looking for more lemonade?

The Best Homemade Lemonade
Blackberry Lemonade
Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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licensing help September 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

The Agua Fresca Watermelon Lemonade recipe you posted was so popular at my house that my family demanded that I go back and find your blog to tell you that everyone thinks it fantastic. A big round of never-ending applause for you.

Thank you from all us at that Olsson home.
Arvika, Sweden


Helen August 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This is delicious and so refreshing! And a beautiful drink. I thought it was the perfect way to use up some leftover watermelon. And now I have to buy more because I’m craving it. Thank you!


order wild salmon July 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

What a brilliant idea and a fabulous lemonade recipe! I liked it so much that I forwarded it to several friends. Meyer Lemons are like love, you know. Sometimes hard to find, but well worth the wait. I’m ready though. When they’re out of season and I can’t get them locally what I do is just go online ( ) and order from growers that pick them right off the trees and ship them direct — a trick I learned from my cousin in Canada. This way I get fresh Meyer lemons picked from the tree without all the time sitting in cartons, trucks and warehouses.
Point Mugu, CA


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