If you need some relief from the heat, this watermelon coconut agua fresca is just the thing. Incredibly easy to make, no added sugar and wonderfully refreshing, you’ll be sipping it whenever you can.
This summer we’ve been drinking our fruit much more than usual. My watermelon lemonade was a hit with everyone instantly, and the cantaloupe agua fresca went down pretty well as well. I’ve kept thinking about making more as the summer progresses, whether non-alcoholic or cocktails.
Maybe it’s partly the heat – we’ve definitely been in need of refreshing drinks recently.
I instantly loved the pineapple daiquiri I made (and it was apparently popular with you, too), and the Pimm’s mojito was dangerously refreshing too. But I couldn’t let summer go by without at least one more.
A couple of things sparked this watermelon coconut agua fresca. First, I tried some really good coconut water at the Fancy Food Show that I went to at the end of June. Then I had a watermelon coconut cocktail out at a local restaurant not so long ago.
Both prompted me to combine watermelon and coconut water in some way, and this is the perfect place to start.
What is agua fresca?
Agua fresca is a light drink that’s popular in Mexico. It’s typically a combination of one or more fruit, water and a little sugar to sweeten, although it depends on the fruit. Common versions are melon (like the cantaloupe version I made), strawberry, hibiscus and tamarind but there are as many as you can come up with, really.
How to make watermelon coconut agua fresca
This comes together in mere minutes as all you do is:
- dice watermelon
- put watermelon, coconut water and mint in blender
- blend until smooth
- strain into glasses with ice.
In fairness, the mint doesn’t come through particularly strongly, so if you prefer you can muddle some at the bottom of the glasses as well, that may bring it out more. You could also add a little mint-infused simple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.
I guess it’s also questionable whether it’s truly an agua fresca being made with coconut water rather than water, but it definitely fits the “fresh water” name either way. And neither me nor the taste-taster that was stalking me as I took photos was complaining (excuse his grubby hands, he’d just come in from digging in the dirt – he has a sixth sense when it’s a good time to come in he might get something).
This watermelon coconut agua fresca is super easy to make, and wonderfully refreshing to drink. It’s bright, light, and just the thing for a warm day.
Watermelon coconut agua fresca
- 1 1/2 cups watermelon red flesh only, diced, approx 250g
- 1 cup coconut water 240ml
- 2 mint leaves
- Put everything in a blender and blend until well broken up. Strain in to 2 glasses with a few ice cubes in each.
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