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.

Tip: Put the watermelon in the fridge as soon as you buy it.

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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

  • 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

You will also need

  • 2 (2-liter /~2 qt each) pitchers or 1 (4-liter /~4-qt ) container or pitcher
  • Blender or food processor
  • 1 small pot

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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5 from 10 votes
Vaso con agua de sandía
Mexican Watermelon Cooler
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
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
Servings: 12 cups
Author: Silvia
Ingredients
  • 1/2 (approx 8 cups) medium seedless watermelon cut into cubes, chilled and peeled
  • 1 cup of sugar or another sweetener of your choice
  • 8 cups of 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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).

  3. Add the sugar water and lime juice. Mix well.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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

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In Mexico, we've been drinking the watermelon cooler, also known as watermelon agua fresca or preparado de sandía, long before it became fashionable. Enjoy this refreshing, traditional beverage. Ideal for your family gatherings and celebrations. #watermelon #watermeloncooler #aguasfrescas #mexicanbeverages

23 thoughts on “Mexican Watermelon Cooler Recipe”

  1. Refrescante, y deliciosa, apenas para estos dias tan calurosos. Linda fotografia!
    Gracias Silvia por compartirla.

  2. This looks so delicious, I love everything watermelon. It’s so sweet and rehydrating, I will definitely have to make this, thanks for sharing!

  3. Loved it, this is such an refreshing drink on this hot summer days. Plus watermelon is my favorite fruit out there.

  4. Funny I prepared an agua de melon last week and another one with watermelon a few days ago. I love them, they are so refreshing!! Perfect right now with this heat!

  5. I loved drinking the aquas frescas when I worked in Mexico. It was such a sweet simple refreshing treat. I will definitely use this. Thank you.

  6. 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!

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