Aug 17, 2013

Agua De Sandia (Watermelon Water)



Can't think of anything more thirst quenching that this on a hot summer day like today – chilled watermelon pureed with water, a squeeze of lime juice over a large glass of ice. Agua fresca is as common in Mexico as ice tea is here in the States. And BONUS, since watermelon is naturally sweet, there's no need to add any sugar!

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene and a great choice for it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits, so eat as much as you can, before the summer's over.


Last weekend I spent a few days out in Montauk for a little family getaway. It's only about 2 hours away by car (if you don't count traffic) but since it's on the most eastern tip of Long Island, where all the highways from NYC merge into one road, there's always traffic. It's worth it though – the beaches, lighthouse, restaurants, shopping  – it's so much fun!



After a morning at the beach we went to the town to grab some lunch at La Brisa. Aguas frescas, horchata, fish tacos – I was in heaven. Probably had the best ceviche I've had in a long time (although a bit overpriced) but I couldn't stop talking about it all weekend. I had a fish taco and pork taco with the watermelon agua fresca. As I sat there, I kept thinking I can't believe I don't have this recipe on my blog. So of course, I came back, bought some watermelon and here it is, tasted exactly like the one I had in La Brisa.


And you may even want to make some skinny fish taco's to go with it!


Watermelon Agua Fresca
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 1 large cup  • Old Points: 0 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 0 pt
Calories: 73 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 16.5 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Sugar: 15 g
Sodium: 4.5 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon cubes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 thin lime slices, for garnish
  • a few sprigs mint, for garnish
  • ice

Directions:

In the blender combine the watermelon and water and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and garnish with sliced limes and a spring of mint.

To serve, place the ice in each glass and pour the watermelon agua fresca. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and serve.

38 comments :

  1. How much sugar should we use? Looks super yummy!

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    1. If your watermelon is sweet, it won't need any sugar :)

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    1. No sugar (typo) First time I made it I put sugar but realized it doesn't need it. Second time I made it, it was perfect without.

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  3. The comments before the recipe said there was no sugar.......however, the recipe itself says to puree the water, watermelon and sugar............

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    1. No sugar (typo) First time I made it I put 1 tbsp sugar but realized it doesn't need it. Second time I made it, it was perfect without.

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  4. Mmmmmm how genius! eeeek thanks for reminding me that summer's fruits like watermelon are coming to an end~good thing I have one in my kitchen right now, hehe. Beautiful photos by the way! :D

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  5. This is amazing with no garnishes too :-)
    I like this as a less messy way to enjoy a delicious summer staple !!! Thanks I am on the Paleo cleanse and this is a wonderful treat.

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  6. Looks delicious and refreshing. I have one question, though. It says there's one gram of fat in it. Where does the fat come from? I was under the impression that watermelon was fat-free, and other than water and the garnishes, I don't see anything else in it...

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    1. Not really sure, I was wondering that as well, it must be in the watermelon.

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  7. Looks like you had a fun family vacation! I've been making Watermelon Agua Fresca all summer long! I'm sure going to miss it when watermelon season is over!

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  8. Could u make this recipe & freeze?

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious!
    Oh.. Everything is overpriced here and there is always traffic on LI. Everywhere. Especially on the weekends in the summer. Here is a tip: you can get up-to-minute traffic on Traffic.com. Even the local news station doesn't update as fast as them :) I use them daily!

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  10. Add a touch of tequila and you can make watermelon margaritas. We do that :)

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  11. Hi Gina! Love your site and your recipes. I cook almost exclusively from your recipes or the ones on the WW website. Thank you! One question here though. When I calculated the Points Plus values for this it came out to 2, not 0. It was my order standing that fruit is 0 but not fruit juice. Did you include the sugar in the nutritional value?

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  12. My husband and I lived in Mexico for 4 years. Our favorite restaurant there served all types of fresh fruit Agua Frescas all the time. My favorite was watermelon. I have been making it in the summer since moving back to the states (1981). I add a touch of salt to my drink cause I also put salt on my watermelon when eating it! Thanks for teaching lots of others about our fabulous drink!!

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  13. Well I love both water and watermelon, so clearly I need to give this a try. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Watermelon is my favourite summer flavour, so I can't wait to try this later in the year - and it looks so simple!

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  15. I want to make this, but watermelons here average $14-19/piece, so until I successfully grown my own, this will have to wait. I enjoy eating it too much to experiment!

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  16. Do you have to drink this within a certain amount of hours or is it good for a couple days? I'd like to puree a bunch of watermelon at once so I don't have to keep pulling out the blender but I won't want to if it's going to get gross sitting in the fridge for a few days.

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  17. How long will it last after you make it?

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  18. Wow! This looks awesome. I've actually been wanting to come up with a similar recipe but yours looks so good, I might have to try yours first. :)

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  19. Its very mouth watering, the juice is perfect in beach. And that taco looks very delicious to.

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  20. Delicious & will have to try adding some tequlia :)

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  21. As a watermelon fanatic, this is a favorite of mine. O like to use sparkling water (La Croix lime cases are a steal at Costco). So zippy and refreshing.

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  22. This recipe was a huge hit at home. I put the watermelon in the freezer by mistake... And then I remembered your recipe! Thank you!

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  23. I've been doing this lately, less the water! I actually purchased Svedka Strawberry Lemonade Vodka recently - looked around my kitchen and couldn't find any suitable mixers but a ton of watermelon, so voila! Pureed watermelon + flavored vodka + seltzer, yum! Need to remember the lime slices next time :)

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  24. Love watermelon and cantaloupe water! I usually just throw together until good so thanks for a recipe:)

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  25. Only 3/4 cup of water for 4 servings?

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  26. Looks really refreshing! sooo goood

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