Watermelon Agua Fresca

Parents, children, and teachers are all ecstatic because it is officially summer in the South. While that means days at the park, beach, and pool are here, so is the heat! Being born and raised in South Carolina, I am used to the hot, humid climate. However, my girls and husband are ready to flee to the ranch once it hits mid June. To cope with the heat, I turn to this refreshing recipe. Watermelon agua fresca can be used to fill popsicle molds or ice cube trays for the kids. As for us adults, it acts as a base for a watermelon margarita or mojito. Cue the pool parties!

Double the batch and add a little rum, vodka, or tequila for an adult beverage!
— Carrie
  1. Puree the watermelon in a blender. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and mint leaves. Taste for sweetness and add sugar or simple syrup if needed. Strain (if you'd like) or pour into a tall pitcher. Add the ice water and refrigerate. Stir again before serving.
  2. Fill tall glasses with ice, pour in the agua fresca, and garnish with a fresh mint sprig and watermelon cubes.
  • 6 cups cubed and seeded watermelon (about half of a standard watermelon), plus you'll want some for garnishing
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar or simple syrup, if needed
  • 3 cups ice water
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
If you want to accent the flavor of the watermelon, dip the rims of the glasses in water, then in a saucer of Kosher salt.
— Carrie