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Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca

Leigh Belanger
Sweet, juicy watermelons make the best agua fresca. To mix it up, add berries or different types of melons to the blender.


  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼–½ cup mint simple syrup to taste
  • Mint sprigs to garnish


  • Add the watermelon to the blender with the water and lime juice. Blend on medium-high for 1 minute, or until the fruit is liquefied.
  • Strain the liquid into a bowl and discard the fruit pulp. Add the syrup, a little at a time, until it’s sweet enough for your taste (the riper the fruit, the less syrup you’ll need).
  • Pour into a pitcher and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve chilled over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint.

Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.

Photographer Dominic Perri

Dominic Perri is a passionate food photographer splitting his time between Massachusetts and New York City. He has been professionally photographing food for almost 10 years. See more of his work at http://www.dominicperri.com/