Watermelon Agua Fresca

This is a popular drink in Mexico and some other Latin American countries. The words “agua fresca” mean “fresh water” in Spanish.

By Adam Ried 

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 1 Quarts


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Small spoon



2 1⁄4 pound cold, seedless watermelon
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or lime juice
1 1⁄2 tablespoon honey, if you like
pinch kosher salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Cut the watermelon flesh away from the rind (you can throw out or compost the rind). Cut the watermelon into chunks.
  2. Put the watermelon chunks, water, lime juice, mint, salt, and honey in the blender. Put the top on tightly.
  3. Turn the blender to medium and blend until the mixture is liquidy and smooth. Turn the machine off. With the small spoon, take a taste. Add a little bit more lime juice or honey if you want the drink to be a little more sour or sweet. If you have added more lime juice or honey, put the top back on the blender tightly, turn the blender to medium and blend for about 5 seconds.
  4. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. If you do this, give the drink a quick stir before serving.