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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Vaso con agua de sandía
5 from 12 votes

Mexican Watermelon Cooler

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 12 cups

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

  • 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.
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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Mayito Castillo
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Mayito Castillo

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

Enriqueta Lemoine
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Enriqueta Lemoine

Right now it’s all about watermelon: pizzas, granitas, coolers, mojitos! I love it!

Alejandra
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Alejandra

I have a huge watermelon on my kitchen counter. Will do this for sure.

Laurie @ www.lifewithasideoftheunexpected.com
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Laurie @ www.lifewithasideoftheunexpected.com

This looks so deliciously refreshing and easily adapted to be an adult beverage, too! 😉

fran jorgensen
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fran jorgensen

I can’t wait for our warmer weather, I will be giving this great recipe a go!!

Jessica May
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Jessica May

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

Stephanie Jnote
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Stephanie Jnote

Thanks for this recipe. I keep a watermelon in my fridge. Perfect recipe for me to try.

Emma Riley
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Emma Riley

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

Heather
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Heather

This looks SO refreshing! I really need to make this before the Summer ends.

Laeti
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Laeti

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!

Beth Davidson
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Beth Davidson

Ooh this sounds so yummy and refreshing! Got to go, I’m out to buy watermelon! 🙂

hey sharonoox
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hey sharonoox

Nice pic! My family loves a good watermelon juice. It’s a perfect summer drink to cool down and quench thirst!

alison netzer
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alison netzer

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.

Terri Beavers
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Terri Beavers

This is just what I need to beat the heat. It not only sounds like something I’d enjoy, it looks absolutely refreshing.

Echo
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Echo

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

Paula and Marcus
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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!

Jess Holmes
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Jess Holmes

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

Ashlee
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Ashlee

Do I need to strain this?

mavi trapos
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mavi trapos

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

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