Use up leftover fruit in this easy summer drink recipe! Learn how to make watermelon agua fresca with this quick 5 minute recipe. Perfect to cool off with in the summer months.
How do you like to cool off in the summer? We like to make iced hot chocolates or creamy milkshakes, but sometimes we like something a little lighter. That’s where these watermelon agua fresca drinks come in!
Isn’t this such a pretty drink for summer? I love the color of the drink itself, but then you can get fancy and add skewered fruit to the top of your drink. You’ll feel like you are on a tropical vacation!
What is agua fresca?
Agua Fresca literally means “fresh waters” or “cool waters”. It’s a refreshing drink made from fruit. It contains no alcohol and no caffeine. It’s super easy to make and your family will love it!
Where did agua fresca originate?
Agua Fresca originated in Mexico but is popular throughout Central America and also the United States.
What fruit is best for agua fresca?
We used watermelon for our agua fresca, but here are some other great options:
- passion fruit
How to Make Agua Fresca
The first step to making Watermelon Agua Fresca is to soak the chia seeds. Soak the seeds in about 2 tablespoons of water for around 5 minutes or so. This will soften the seeds and help them mix in your drink better.
Place the remaining ingredients in a blender and pulse away. Need a blender? This is the blender we have and LOVE.
Add in the chia seeds and you’re ready to drink!
**Pro Tip: Depending on how juicy your watermelon is, you may not need to add in any extra water. It really just depends on how thin you’d like your agua fresca to be. Add the water slowly until it is the thickness you’d like.**
Is agua fresca healthy?
Yes! Agua fresca is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.
Our agua fresca has chia seeds which does add calories but also adds fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and iron. They are good for you!
This recipe does call for 2 tablespoons of sugar. You can use monk fruit sweetener or your favorite zero calorie sweetener. You can also use honey…or simply leave out the extra sweetness.
Does agua fresca have caffeine?
No! Agua fresca is caffeine free, which means it is perfect for sipping on your back porch as you watch the sun go down.
Does agua fresca have alcohol?
No! Our agua fresca recipe is alcohol free. It’s the ideal family friendly drink for all summer picnics.
Other Summer Drink Recipes
Watermelon Agua Fresca
For the chia seeds:
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons water
- 4 cups watermelon chunks
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 lemon (juice only)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or honey)
- In a small bowl or cup let your chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of water soak together. Let sit until chia seeds are gelatin like. (about 5 minutes)
- Add the remaining ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
- When ready to serve, split chia seeds between two cups.
- Serve cold garnished with fresh fruit, if desired.