Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca Recipe

  • Agua fresca translates to meaning “fresh water.” It’s a Latin American drink made with water, a small amount of sweetener, and fresh fruit to make light, non-alcoholic beverages. In the summer, I love making agua frescas for BBQs; they’re a different take on fresh juice that both kids and adults alike love. It’s a great way to take advantage of seasonal fruits and herbs from our local farmer’s market, too.

    This recipe for watermelon basil aqua fresca is a light and healthy option to quench the kids’ thirst after a long day of playing outside! The flavour of the sweet watermelon is enhanced by the natural sweetener, making this refreshing drink a much healthier option for my kids than the sugar-laden fruit juices available at the store.

    Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca

    The name says it all: "fresh water," to keep you cool all summer long.

    Servings: 6 cups


    • watermelon: about 6 cups, or half a medium watermelon, chopped into 4–5 inch cubes
    • ice cubes: 8–10
    • raw honey: 2 Tbsp
    • fresh lemon juice: 1 Tbsp (optional)
    • basil or fresh mint: 1 large leaf, finely minced


    Step 1: Place the watermelon pieces in a large blender and puree until smooth.
    Step 2: Pour the watermelon pulp into a fine mesh sieve or colander to strain. Discard the seeds and return the watermelon to the blender.
    Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
    Step 4: Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to two days.
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