Agua de Melon (melon water)

This melon water (agua de melon) is a refreshing and flavorful Mexican drink perfect to beat the summer heat. An easy recipe that everyone can enjoy any day of the week!

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

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 not matter the name, I just want to tell you how easy is to make!

Agua de melon served in a glass with ice.

Lets start by saying that you should know how to choose a ripe melon so you won’t end with a flavorless melon water. So avoid melons with a green tint, they should be pale yellow with a healthy skin. Push your finger in the stem end (also know as the “bellybutton”), it should be a bit soft and have smell fragrant and sweet.

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

Picking the perfect ripe, juicy melon means you won’t need so much sugar to make this agua de melon, therefore will be more healthy!

How To Make It

  • Cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds.
  • Slice your melon and remove the rind, then cut the pulp into chunks.
  • Place in 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 agua de melon in glasses with ice or refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Melon blended with water in a blender.

Recipe Variations

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

  • 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!
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 from absorbing bad smells.

More Agua Fresca Recipes

Other easy homemade Mexican agua fresca recipes I make regularly include:

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
Print Pin Rate
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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