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Melon Agua Fresca

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Serves 6
Total Time 20 minutes


Agua fresca, or “fresh water,” is served throughout Mexico and is a perfect summertime cooler.


cups melon chunks (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.)
2 cups water
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
3 Tbsp. sugar or 2 tablespoons agave nectar (see Note)
~ Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


  1. Purée melon in a blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve and discard pulp.
  2. Pour the melon juice into a pitcher and stir in the water, lime juice, and sugar.
  3. Serve over ice, garnished with mint sprigs or extra chunks of melon.


Culinate editor’s note: Because granulated sugar won’t dissolve easily in cold liquid, you may wish to replace the 3 tablespoons sugar with a simple syrup of sugar dissolved in boiling water. Agave nectar, of course, is already liquid.

Read more about hydration in Marissa Lippert’s “Hydration and health.”

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