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Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Enjoy a cool and refreshing Cantaloupe Agua Fresca! You’ll love the melon flavor in this fruity non-alcoholic drink, easy to make too!

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

I love when the fruit starts really pouring into the produce departments after a long winter of ho-hum selection. The freshest berries and melons that just start the warm weather season off with a bang. My kids have gone through 3 packages of strawberries just this week, we’ve been waiting for the really good ones to arrive. 

Even with a shorter growing season here in Michigan, we have some notoriety for melons. Just one town over they celebrate a beloved local variety known as the “Howell Melon”. In truth, it is a hybrid cantaloupe. Rumor even has it that during the Great Depression a “traveler” gave some seeds to a local farmer and the rest is history as they say. If you ever find yourself at the Howell Melon Fest, try the Melon Ice Cream, you can thank me later.

One melon, in particular, is grabbing our attention today, the beloved Cantaloupe. I think the name is fun, in fact, the name originates from the area in Europe where they were first grown: the caste of Cantalupo, in the Marca d’Ancona, Italy. 

We’re making Cantaloupe Agua Fresca beverages today, a non-alcoholic drink that just screams summertime! Not only is it refreshing, it simply couldn’t be easier to make. 

What exactly is an Agua Fresca?

A fruity, non-alcoholic beverage with roots tracing back to Mexico, Central America, South America, and parts of the Southwest United States. Traditionally one or more fruits are blended with sugar and water. Some are made with nuts and seeds too. When traveling you’ll often find them at restaurants and sold by street vendors. 

What does Agua Fresca mean?

Agua Frescas translates in Spanish to “cool waters”.

What types of Agua Frescas might you find?

Depending on where you are located, the varieties may be rather exotic or basic.

  • Agua de Jamaica-Hibiscus flower tea
  • Agua de Tamarindo-Tamarind water
  • Chia Fresca-Mexican lemonade with chia seeds

What ingredients do you need to make a Cantaloupe Agua Fresca?

  • Cantaloupe 
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Ice

Some tips for making Cantaloupe Agua Frescas:

  • Cantaloupe is used in this recipe, any melon would work well.
  • To prepare ahead of time: omit ice, refrigerate, stir and add ice just prior to serving.
  • Blending the ice in the blender gives a slushy alternative.
  • Try using sparkling water for an added fizz. 
  • Want to make this boozy? Add in vodka or rum.

Simple steps for making a Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

Place all the ingredients except for the ice into a blender and pulse until well incorporated, around 3 minutes.

Pour into a pitcher and fill with ice.

Looking for more non-alcoholic beverages, try these:

Yield: 2 servings

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Enjoy a cool and refreshing Cantaloupe Agua Fresca! You'll love the melon flavor in this fruity non-alcoholic drink, easy to make too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • Ice

Instructions

    1. Put all the ingredients except for the ice into a blender and pulse until well incorporated, around 3 minutes.
    2. Pour into a pitcher and fill with ice.

Notes

    • Cantaloupe is used in this recipe, any melon would work well.
    • To prepare ahead of time: omit ice, refrigerate, stir and add ice just prior to serving.
    • Blending the ice in the blender gives a slushy alternative.
    • Want to make this boozy? Add in vodka or rum.

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