Watermelon Cooler

Agua de Sandia


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    2 quarts

Appears in

Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Muy Bueno

By Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Published 2013

  • About

Because watermelons are so inexpensive during the summer months and both grocery stores and farmers markets are flooded with them, why not try making a cold pitcher of what we call agua de sandia, which literally translated means “watermelon water.” It’s almost like having a smoothie without the milk. After you make some for the kids, be sure to try our adult version, Sandiatini.


  • 8 cups cubed and seeded watermelon
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • cups light simple syrup
  • 2 limes, sliced for garnish
  • Mint leaves for garnish


Puree half of the cubed watermelon and water in a blender. Pour through a course strainer and into a large pitcher. Repeat with the remaining watermelon and water.

Stir in lime juice. Add simple syrup. Stir and add more simple syrup according to how sweet you want it.

Refrigerate until very cold. Stir before serving and garnish with lime slices and mint if desired.