This refreshing drink is popular in Mexico and some other Latin American countries. The words “agua fresca” mean “fresh water” in Spanish. This version is made without a blender.
- 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Optional: pinch salt (1/16th teaspoon)
- Place a strainer over a wide mouth pitcher or bowl.
- Put 2 cups of chopped watermelon in a gallon resealable bag. Press out the air and seal shut. Squeeze the watermelon chunks until smashed.
- Pour smashed watermelon out into the prepared strainer allowing the juice to drip through to the pitcher below. Use the back of a large spoon to gently press the watermelon against the strainer to extract as much juice as possible. (Compost or throw away any bits left in the strainer.)
- Repeat with remaining 2 cups of chopped watermelon.
- Add in the lime juice and salt (if using). Stir. Pour over ice. Enjoy!
- Always wash fruits and vegetables under running water before cutting into them.
- If you have a blender, use it in place of steps 2 – 4 to make this recipe even simpler.
- Some recipes call for adding a cup of cool water to the watermelon juice.
Recipe adapted by Laurel Sanville MS, RDN, LD