refreshing watermelon agua fresca in a glass with a sprig of mint // The Kitchy Kitchen

Agua fresca is one of my most favorite drinks. Refreshing and light, and the perfect partner for spicy Mexican food.  To combat the heat, they tend to be quite sweet, but I made mine a little on the drier side so it can be enjoyed ala carte. With the mint and jalapeño, it’s a sweet and spicy combination you’ll drink by the gallon, so be prepared to make A LOT. Enjoy!

Spicy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca drink with minature watermelon slice garnish // The Kitchy Kitchen

spicy watermelon agua fresca drink with mint and a mini watermelon garnish on a marble countertop // The Kitchy Kitchen

spicy watermelon mint agua fresca drink in a glass with a mini watermelon garnish // The Kitchy Kitchen


2 cups cold water

2 cups watermelon (rind removed), seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

juice of 1/2 lime (no more than 1 tablespoon) 

1/4 cup mint leaves

1/2 jalapeño, roughly chopped

Ice cubes or crushed ice (optional)


Combine all of the ingredients and puree until smooth. Pour mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, forcing through most of the pulp. Chill and serve.


  1. Bennett Haselton

    Does it really work to puree with ice cubes, even with a regular blender (the kind that costs around $20, not the kind like the Ninja that costs around $100)?

    My fridge doesn’t dispense crushed ice. And every time I’ve tried to puree something in a regular blender that includes ice cubes, the blades just kick the ice cubes up to the top and they don’t get broken up at all.

  2. Bennett Haselton

    For the chopped jalapeno, are you removing the white rinds on the inside (and the seeds), and only using the green part of the rind?

    Also, for the chopped jalapeno, if you chop jalapeno without wearing disposable plastic gloves, it can cause a burning feeling on your fingers (apparently not everyone has this reaction, but about half of people do), and you can burn your eye if you happen to touch your eye with your finger. Can you add a warning to wear disposable plastic gloves while doing that part?


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