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This drink is just the thing to cool you off in the heat of summer

America's Test Kitchen Staff, America's Test Kitchen on

Agua fresca means “fresh water.” It is the name for a variety of drinks that are made by combining fruits, grains, seeds or flowers with sugar and water. Some of the most common agua fresca varieties are horchata (made with rice and nuts), agua de Jamaica (made with hibiscus tea), and any variety of melon. We chose watermelon for our recipe and added lime juice, honey, and just a little salt to bring out the sweet and tart flavors. Serve it in a clear glass to show off that color!

Garnishes can also add pizzazz to your beverage. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Serves 4 to 6 (Makes about 6 cups)

8 cups (1-inch pieces) seedless watermelon (2 1/2 pounds)

2 cups water


1/4 cup lime juice, squeezed from 2 limes, plus lime wedges for serving

2 tablespoons honey

1/8 teaspoon salt



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