Recipe: Watermelon-cranberry agua fresca

Dietitian's tip:

Aguas frescas are popular fresh-fruit drinks in Mexico. Although water is a standard ingredient, this undiluted version is a thirst-quenching refresher whether accompanying spicy foods or sipped in the sun.

Number of servings

Serves 6


·        2 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed and diced (about 7 cups)

·        1 cup fruit-sweetened cranberry juice (sometimes called cranberry nectar)

·        1/4 cup fresh lime juice

·        1 lime, cut into 6 slices


Place the melon in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh sieve placed over a bowl to eliminate the pulp and clarify the juice. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. Add the cranberry and lime juices and stir to combine. Refrigerate until very cold. Pour into tall chilled glasses and garnish each with a fresh lime slice.

Nutritional analysis per serving

·        Total carbohydrate 23 g

·        Dietary fiber 0 g

·        Sodium 5 mg

·        Saturated fat 0 g

·        Total fat 0 g

·        Cholesterol 0 mg

·        Protein 1 g

·        Monounsaturated fat 0 g

·        Calories 94