Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

Watermelon agua fresca recipe - Dr. Axe

Are you in need of a refreshing drink to cool down with this summer? You’ve got to try this fruity, sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca.

Agua fresca, or “fresh water,” is a popular drink in Mexico and throughout Central America. They’re made by combining water with sugar and fruits to create a sweet and tasty beverage. My version uses cooling benefit-rich watermelon and honey to keep it free from refined sugars. When mixed with sparkling water, the result is a fizzy beverage you’ll want to drink all summer long.


Start by blending the watermelon, raw honey and fresh lime juice in a blender until the watermelon is smooth. Mix in the Pellegrino before pouring.


Garnish the drink with lime slices or mint leaves before serving.

Make a big batch of this Watermelon Agua Fresca to keep in the refrigerator for hot nights or for serving at barbecues.

Total Time

5 minutes



Meal Type


  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup sparkling water


  1. Blend watermelon, water, honey and lime juice in a blender.
  2. Stir in sparkling water just prior to serving.
  3. Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves if desired.

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  1. Jean on

    My daughter is on a high fat, low carb and basically no sugar diet, prescribed by her dr. She should only have fruit as a garnish, but, would love this watermelon drink. What is the sugar and carb content of this?

  2. oliveen owen on

    Hi Dr axe the collagen protein what animal product is on it. I only eat sea food, no land animal. Do you have that kind of protein without land animal. Blessings

    • Sharon Smith on

      Most tonic waters are sweetened so be careful. It’s to offset the bitter taste of the quinine, not what is usually compatible with watermelon. But if you like it, find one that isn’t sweetened or has a safe, natural sweetener. The honey is a better choice and be more compatible with the watermelon in taste.

  3. Cynthia Culbertson on

    Delicious! My husband and I enjoy watermelon water almost everyday! A dear Hispanic lady has her food truck near us, so we enjoy fresh waters like cantaloupe, mango, strawberry, peach, and papaya! We live in the tomato capital of TN, I’m waiting on tomato agua fresca!

  4. Rita Kovar on

    I know watermelon good for prostate but to much sugar for cancer and not good for kidneys his counts to low, am I right we work outside a lot would love it, but heard berries only fruit lower in sugar, we are farmers but gave it up a year ago. What’s your thought

  5. Bonnie Pickhardt on

    Those a delectable-sounding recipes. Thanks for sharing those taste treats, Doctor Axe.
    P.S. I like your collagen product, and find it easy to incorporate into various foods. Thanks.

  6. Sophia on

    When I was at the Optimum Health Clinic (OH ) in San Diego, we were told to cut a piece off of the rind and eat the white part of it, along with the red juicy watermelon as nature provides a natural sugar stabilizer in the white rind. Also, I don’t think this may be a recipe for those of us with Hashimotos.

  7. Valiana on

    Watermelon can be so sweet, you really don’t need the honey. I make mine without it and it’s just as delicious.

  8. Amanda on

    I grew up drinking agua fresca made with various fruits….so refreshing on a hot day! May I make a suggestion? Since this is a Mexican (Central American) recipe, why not add a Mexican mineral water like Topo Chico, rather than Italian Pellegrino? Makes it a bit more authentic. Keep those great recipes coming!

  9. Anthea on

    I have cancer and am being careful about added sugar and fruits high in sugar My Traditional Chinese medicine Doctor surprised me when he said that I should avoid watermelon, I always thought it had very little sugar but it is apparently very high in sugar and can even lead to diabetes, he said, so I would not sweeten this with honey and (San?) Pellegrino is flavoured/ sweetened so I would choose unsweetened Pellegrino/ carbonated water if you are concerned about added sugars.

  10. Barbers Daughter on

    I know this is not the point of the article, but I am thinking this might make a healthier version of margarita . Use agave sweetener and a shot of tequila. Yum!

  11. Karen Mack on

    Just wondering if you mean sparkling water or mineral water? Are these healthy drinks? Or should we avoid fizzy drinks completely?

  12. Suzette on

    I always heard that is bad for your heslth drinking water after eat watermelon how can we mix water with watermelon when we make fresh water drink?


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