It’s piping hot here in the high desert of California with most of our days reaching far into the double digits. I usually carry around a big bottle of water everywhere I go, but in the last couple of days, I’ve cheated. Instead of my standard water bottle, I’m carrying around a huge jug of my Minty Watermelon Agua Fresca. It may not be an agua fresca in the traditional sense, as I didn’t use as much water, I didn’t strain the mixture and I used Agave Nectar instead of sugar, but because I did use water and fruit with a hint of mint, I decided to name is after this refreshing Mexican favorite.
Agua frescas, or fresh waters, are a tradition in Mexico and are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. They are typically a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds blended with water and sugar to make a light, refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.
This Minty Watermelon Agua Fresca is so easy to make and uses just 5 ingredients. Just make it in a standard blender and it will turn out fantastic. Another difference between my Watermelon Agua Fresca and a traditional version is that instead of sugar, I used a tablespoon of Agave Nectar. This way, it turned out perfectly sweetened without the heaviness of added, processed sugar. You could also use another brand of vegan sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw if you’d like to avoid processed sugar in the recipe.
You can find many an agua fresca flavor in Mexico, including cantaloupe, guava, papaya, passion fruit, mango and chia seed. I hope you’ll agree that it’s just about the most refreshing drink in the whole wide world!
Minty Watermelon Agua Fresca
- 5 heaping cups fresh seedless watermelon
- 1 cup water
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp Organic Blue Agave Nectar or other sweetener of your choice
- fresh lime slices and mint leaves for garnish
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high for several minutes until well-mixed. Pour over cups of ice, garnish with lime slice and mint and serve immediately.