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Agua de Sandia

Agua de Sandia

Agua de Sandia

Watermelon Water is a Perfect Summer Drink

This drink is one of many possible varieties of Agua Fresca, and it’s an easy one to make as watermelon is already mostly water just waiting to be slurped up. When we have a watermelon sliced open that we can’t eat before it starts to ferment or attract fruit flies, I puree it up and turn it into a drink we can keep for days it the fridge. This is the liquid soul of watermelon, one of the tastes that defines summer for me.

  • 1 seedless watermelon – you can use a regular seeded watermelon; either seed it or ignore the pureed seeds that will sink to the bottom in the end
  • water
  • sugar or other sweetener to taste (honey is lovely) – and some people don’t add any sweetener at all
  • lime juice to taste
  1. Cut the watermelon flesh away from the rind.
  2. Puree in small batches in your blender or food processor (or mash it by hand if you’re going appliance-free)
  3. Strain the puree through a piece of cheesecloth and collect strained juice in a large jar or pitcher
  4. Add fresh water to taste. You’re going for a balance between watermelon flavor and the pure refreshing qualities of water; too much juice is cloying, too much water is boring. I like just a bit more juice than water, but adjust to your own taste.
  5. Add sweetener and lime juice to taste. Stir well to dissolve all sweetener before testing for flavor.
  6. Chill well.
  7. Drink.

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