Agua de Melon – Ready in 10 minutes!

Agua de melon (cantaloup water) is a refreshing and flavorful Mexican drink perfect to beat the summer heat. An easy recipe that comes together in just 10 minutes!

Agua de melon (melon water) served in glasses over ice.

What is agua de melon?

Agua fresca de melón or agua de melón are the simple Spanish names for this drink, and it’s part of the famous Mexican aguas frescas made with fresh fruit.

You might have heard about this beverage as melon water or cantaloupe water, but no matter the name, I just want to tell you how easy is to make!

Aguas frescas (plural) are a type of drink very popular in Mexico. Those soft beverages are usually made with fruits, but also other ingredients can be added, such as seeds, grains, or citrus.

Frescas drinks are so fresh and help you stay hydrated and cool during hot days but also have an important role in the Mexican culture.

In Mexico, is very common to find those beverages in the streets. You will notice the stalls with large jugs selling them everywhere, from local markets to ice cream parlors.

Despite these drinks containing sugar, they are for sure a healthier choice than sodas or canned fruit juices.

Agua de melon served in a glass with ice.

About the cantaloup melon

Melons are a fruit of the Cucurbitaceae family. This fleshy and sweet fruit has many health benefits like being low in sodium, low in cholesterol, and low in fat.

They are also rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, besides being a good source of potassium, copper, and fiber.

Choosing the perfect fruit to make this melon water is the key to a tasteful drink. Nobody likes flavorless frescas, that’s for sure.

So avoid melons with a green tint, they should be pale yellow with healthy skin. Push your finger in the stem end (also known as the “belly button”), it should be a bit soft and have a wonderful smell fragrant and sweet.

Cut melon on a cutting board.
Related: How to tell if a melon is ripe.

Remember that picking the perfectly ripe, juicy melon means you won’t need so much sugar to make this drink, therefore it will be more healthy!

How To Make It

  • Cut the melon in half and with a spoon, scoop out all the seeds.
  • Slice your melon and remove the rind, then cut the pulp into chunks.
  • Place the fruit into a blender, add sugar and 2 cups of water. Blend for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher, then add 6 more cups of water.
  • Mix, taste and adjust with sugar if needed.
  • Serve the agua de melón in glasses with crushed ice or refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Melon blended with water in a blender.

Useful Notes

  • You can also peel your melon before cutting it in half, for me is easy to do it when is cut into small pieces, but you can do it however is easier for you.
  • If you want to take advantage of all the fruit benefits, for instance, the fiber, don’t strain the pulp!
  • Do not add ice to the pitcher as it will dilute the drink and remove some flavor. Add them to the glasses or make the recipe hours before and allow to get cold in the fridge.
  • You can make this recipe using MelloSweet melons, Juan Canary melons, Kandy Lemondrop melons, and Golden Dewlicious melons.

Recipe Variations

I like to experiment with this simple recipe for agua de melón, and make some variations from time to time, below are my favorites:

  • Add some lime juice to the blend, this gives a nice tangy flavor to the drink.
  • Combine other fruits or vegetables with melon, such as pineapple, mango, kiwi, or cucumber. The result is a tasty and tropical drink that will surprise everyone!
  • Make a creamy version by replacing 2 cups of water with 1 can of evaporated milk, kids love it this way!
  • Make an adult drink by adding some booze to each serving and ¡Salud!
Melon water cocktail.

How To Store Melon Water

Store agua de melon in the fridge for up to 3 days, and don’t forget to cover it to prevent it from absorbing bad smells. If your pitcher doesn’t have a lid, you can use a small piece of cling film to cover it.

More Agua Fresca Recipes

It is summer, is hot, and you crave something easy and flavorful to cool down. What are you waiting? Check out what ingredients have you available and make any of our favorite agua fresca recipes, I promise you, you won’t go back to sodas or sugary packed juices after this.

Agua de melon recipe.

Agua de Melon (melon water)

This melon water (agua de melon) is a refreshing and flavorful Mexican drink perfect to beat the summer heat.
PREP 7 minutes
TOTAL 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 8
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 1 ripe cantaloup melon (about 3 pounds)
  • cup sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 8 cups water
  • ice (to serve)

Instructions

  • Cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds.
  • Slice your melon and remove the rind, then cut the pulp into chunks.
  • Place the melon chunks in a blender, add sugar and 2 cups of water. Blend for 2 minutes at high.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher, then add 6 more cups of water.
  • Mix, taste and adjust with sugar if needed.
  • Serve in glasses with ice or refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

NOTES

 
  • Add some lime juice to the blend, this gives a nice tangy flavor to the drink.
  • Combine other fruits or vegetables with melon, such as pineapple, mango, kiwi, or cucumber. The result is an exotic drink that will surprise everyone!
  • Make a creamy version by replacing 2 cups of water with 1 can of evaporated milk, kids love it this way!
  • Make an adult drink by adding a shot of tequila, rum, or vodka and ¡Salud!
Nutrition
Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4794IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I managed to find a fresh melon just at the last week of october (don’t ask how!) and made this agua de melon because I wanted to do it from the first time I saw it posted here. It was amazingly good! Thank you.