Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca


Few things are more refreshing on a hot summer day than a slice of chilled watermelon. Except, perhaps, if you blend it, chill it, and sweeten it with a mint-infused syrup. Served over ice with a healthy dose of perky lime juice, this “freshwater” will have you feeling like you just got watered like a plant. You can also make it with honeydew or cantaloupe. Adjust the sweetness to your liking depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Guaranteed to soothe heat-tingling tongues, serve this cooler alongside spicy salsas, tacos, or other chile-smothered dishes.

Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 serves


  • For the Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving

  • For the Agua Fresca:

  • 8 cups chopped seedless watermelon (about 2½ lb.)

  • 2 cups water

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)


  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook over high, whisking occasionally, until sugar dissolves, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add mint. Let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl and discard mint. Chill syrup until ready to use.

  2. Process watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain into a large pitcher (you should have about 4 cups. If you have more, reserve for another batch); discard solids.

  3. Stir together water, lime juice, 4 cups watermelon juice, and ½ cup syrup in a pitcher. (Reserve remaining Mint Simple Syrup for another use). Serve over ice, and garnish with mint sprigs.

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