Watermelon Lemon Agua Fresca recipe

Watermelon Lemon Agua Fresca

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Watermelon gets its bright red color from lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant, so it’s a perfect choice for a healthy beverage. This refreshing drink combines the sweet taste of watermelon with freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s simple and satisfying, and a great way to use up that last big piece of watermelon taking up room in the refrigerator. 


  • Simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water. We prefer this recipe with 1/4 cup of simple syrup, but we’re giving the directions for 1/2 cup of syrup in case you would like it sweeter. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month. You can use it in teas, lemonades, and other drinks.
  • For a drink with less pulp, strain the watermelon puree twice.

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Watermelon Lemon Agua Fresca


  • 4 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup, or to taste (recipe below)


To make the simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then remove from heat. Set aside to cool.

Place the watermelon and 1 cup water in a blender and puree until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl or pitcher and press the puree through the strainer. Discard the solids, rinse off the strainer, and strain again.

Add the lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Pour into glasses filled with ice.

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