Simple and Refreshing Aguas Frescas - 3 Flavors

4 Servings
17 min

Aguas Frescas is a refreshing Mexican drink, made with 3 simple main ingredients: fresh fruit, water and sugar. This recipe shows you how to make cantaloupe, watermelon or pineapple, but feel free to substitute another type of fruit!

I'm one of those people who's notorious for buying fruit and letting it go to waste. Don't you hate when your fruit gets too ripe before you can even enjoy it? Not anymore! Just blend it up, add some water, a little sugar, a squeeze of fresh lime, and pour it over ice. Voila!

Take your pick from 3 yummy flavors! Watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe! This is eye-candy in a glass, y'all! By the way, asking me to pick a favorite flavor is like asking me to pick a favorite child! It's not happening! (Unless I'm in a mood!)

Here's an up-close view of delicious watermelon! Melon (any kind) is the perfect fruit for Aguas Frescas, because it breaks down in the blender so easily!

Cantaloupe was the first flavor of Aguas Frescas that I'd ever tried. seriously, my taste buds were not ready! It was love at first sight!

Sweet and tart pineapple takes a little more blending than melon, but in my opinion has the strongest taste. It seriously tastes just like pineapple juice!

Make sure to strain the mixture when you've finished blending and transfer it to a large bottle or pitcher! Add a squeeze of fresh lime and let the Aguas Frescas chill for at least an hour. Pour it over ice and garnish with cut fruit, a lime wheel and fresh mint! Enjoy!

Simple and Refreshing Aguas Frescas - 3 Flavors

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 17 min
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Aguas Frescas

  • 4-6 cups of diced watermelon, cantaloupe or pineapple
  • 2 cups of water
  • a squeeze of fresh lime-optional

Simple syrup

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water


  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 fresh lime, cut into rounds


For the simple syrup

Heat water (1/4 of a cup) and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
Stir occasionally until sugar is fully dissolved, it doesn't need to come to a simmer.
Remove the pan from heat and set it aside to cool.

For the Aguas Frescas

Blend the diced fruit and water in a blender for 30-60 seconds.
Taste, and add a few tablespoons of simple syrup at a time if needed, or use the entire amount. Pulse for a few more seconds, until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Add a squeeze of fresh lime if desired.
Strain the mixture into a bowl or large spouted measuring cup using a mesh strainer. You can use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to help squeeze out all of the liquid. Discard any pulp.
Transfer the liquid into a bottle or pitcher (using a funnel helps) and let the Aguas Frescas cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Serve over ice and garnish with fresh lime and mint.


  • Some fruit is riper and sweeter so feel free to adjust the amount of sugar or omit it altogether
  • Watermelon has a higher water content than pineapple and cantaloupe, so feel free to reduce the amount of water if preferred.

Crystal from Crumb-Snatched
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