Mexican Watermelon Cooler Recipe

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My family have been drinking this Mexican watermelon cooler for generations, long before it became fashionable. Watermelon season is here, so be sure to enjoy our recipe for our family’s refreshing, non-alcoholic, traditional agua fresca.

glass of watermelon cooler or watermelon agua fresca

Right now, I see green, white and red everywhere I go. We absolutely love freshly cut watermelon slices, but we also love preparing agua de sandía, our own Mexican watermelon cooler, to serve as a light beverage on warm spring and summer days.

If you’re traveling in Mexico, sometimes it’s called a preparado, especially in restaurants, so if you see preparado de sandía, you’ll know what it means.

It is ridiculously easy to make. You just need a few ingredients and 10 minutes for a thirst quenching beverage.

Food storage tip: Put the watermelon in the fridge as soon as you buy it. So it will be really cold when you prepare the agua fresca.

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If you make this watermelon cooler, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatipsrecipes hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

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Mexican Watermelon Cooler

12-14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium (aprox 8 cups), seedless watermelon, chilled, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 8 cups of water, divided
  • the juice of 1 key lime
  • Ice

Utensils

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I recommend putting the watermelon in the fridge ahead of time, so it is very cold.

Pour one cup of water in a pot over medium heat. Add the sugar and mix until well dissolved, set aside and let cool down.

Place the watermelon cubes and three cups of water in a blender and mix very well (depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this two times).

Add the sugar water and lime juice. Mix well.

Divide the blended watermelon and sugar water into 2 two-liters (~2 qt each) pitchers, add the other 4 cups of water (2 per pitcher). If you have a big container (4 quarts) even better. Cool down in the fridge and serve super cold or on ice.

I told you, it’s very easy!

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Recipe updated on June 15, 2018

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watermelon agua fresca
4.47 from 15 votes

Mexican Watermelon Cooler

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 12 cups
Calories: 124kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (approx 8 cups) medium seedless watermelon cut into cubes, chilled and peeled
  • 1 cup sugar or another sweetener of your choice
  • 8 cups water divided
  • 1 key lime the juice
  • Ice

You will also need

  • 2 2-liter (approx 2 qt) pitchers or 1-4 liter (approx 4 qt) container
  • 1 blender or food processor
  • 1 small pot

Instructions

  • Pour one cup of water in a pot over medium heat. Add the sugar and mix until well dissolved, set aside and let cool down.
  • Place the watermelon cubes and three cups of water in a blender and mix very well (depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this two times).
  • Add the sugar water and lime juice. Mix well.
  • Pour the blended watermelon water into a two liter (~2 qt) pitcher, add the sugar water and the other 5 cups of water. Add the lime juice and mix well.  Cool down in the fridge and serve super cold or on ice.
  • Divide the blended watermelon and sugar water into 2 two-liters (~2 qt each) pitchers, add the other 4 cups of water (2 per pitcher). If you have a big container (4 quarts) even better. Cool down in the fridge and serve super cold or on ice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Watermelon Cooler
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 577IU12%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cold Beverages & Aguas Frescas
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how can i make a drink out of watermelon, how to make aguas frescas, watermelon cooler, watermelon water
Author: Silvia

Notes

I recommend putting the watermelon in the fridge ahead of time, so it is very cold.

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mavi trapos

me encanta la sandía en todos sus formatos! Pero así tiene que ser deliciosa! una merienda super refrescante!

Ashlee

Do I need to strain this?

Jess Holmes

Sounds yummy but could I add alcohol to it? What would you suggest?

Paula and Marcus

It’s been so hot that an ice cold watermelon drink sounds divine! I was planning on picking up one tomorrow and we struggle to eat it before it goes bad, now I know what to do with half!

Echo

This looks AH-MAZING! Watermelon is my favorite refreshing treat in the summer, so I know I need to make this!

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