Agua Fresca

Year round it's hot in Latin America and what better way to quench your thirst than with these (literally translated) fresh water drinks. In Ontario, we too are blessed with hot sunny summer weather, so instead of using the tropical fruits typically used in these drinks, we've created our own thirst quenchers using homegrown fruit (and cucumber too). Garnish with cubes of melon.


  • 4 cups (1 L) peeled, cubed Ontario Muskmelon or Ontario Watermelon or Strawberries or Raspberries
  • 1-1/2 cup (375 mL) cold water
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar


  • In food processor, place muskmelon and water; puree. Place sieve over large bowl. Using back of ladle and pressing in circular motion, press fruit through sieve.
  • Stir in lime juice and sugar. Add a bit more water if mixture is too thick (it should be thin, not thick like a smoothie). Taste and add additional lime juice or sugar if needed. Refrigerate and serve very cold. Garnish with cubes of melon.


Tip: Cucumber is interesting too; peel cucumber before pureeing and add a little mint for a nice addition. Water, sugar and lime juice can be adjusted to your personal taste.
1 Serving (1/2 cup/125 mL):
SOURCE: Foodland Ontario
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