I can think of nothing better than celebrating the second day of summer with THIS.

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Frozen agua fresca! Specifically, frozen watermelon lime agua fresca. Yes yes yes. Now if only I could spend every single minute by the pool this summer with one of these in hand. At all times. Heaven!

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I’m counting down the seconds because we are sooo close to leaving on vacation. When I was a kid, I think I started packing and preparing things weeks in advance and well, I hate to say that I’ve still sort of been doing the same thing. I am the procrastinator of all procrastinators, except when it comes to packing for vacation. I will actually be PACING in the kitchen while Eddie is racing to pack his things last minute right before we leave. Because I am a psycho.

Still though, I have been severely needing a non-boozy taste of summer. Just like this!

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So! Ever since I made the watermelon frosé, I’ve got tons of questions (uh, rightfully so, I’m asking too!) on if there is a way to make it non-alcoholic. My answer is always no, because it’s basically frozen wine, and what can replace frozen wine?!


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I’ve made us something else that is just as close, just as delicious, just as perfect for a super sunny, hot day and extremely refreshing.

Also cute. The cuteness factor is important, I get it. Instagram rules lives, people. HELLO WHAT CAN I EAT TODAY THAT WILL LOOK CUTE ON INSTAGRAM?

I mean, no, of course I never think that way. Ever.

Thanks 2017.

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I made watermelon agua fresca a few years ago – funnily enough, it was right when I was finishing up the photography for my first book! I love it so much. Watermelon is probably my favorite flavor of agua fresca, followed closely by strawberry as long as it’s not super sweet. We have an amazing taco stand here in Pittsburgh and they make some fabulous strawberry agua fresca, but you have to be willing to deal with some sweet teeth. It’s super refreshing but also super sweet.

Here, I did the frozen watermelon thing with lots of lime juice (as you can see I’m really missing margaritas too) and just a little bit of sugar to sweeten it. You can sweeten it as much or as little as you want! Totally up to you.

Also of note, I almost always use simple syrup in all of my drink recipes, but since this is being blended with tons of ice, plain old sugar is fine. And it’s much quicker too! If you have extra simple syrup on hand or feel like making some (it takes minutes, literally), go for it.

Then make yourself a big old pitcher and sit in the sun.

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Frozen Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

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  • 1/2 large watermelon seeded and cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest plus extra for topping
  • tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • cups ice

for serving:


  • Place the watermelon, lime juice and zest, sugar, salt and ice in a blender. Blend until you have a slushy consistency and the mixture is cold and frozen. You can taste and add more sugar if desired.
  • Pour it into glasses and top with a sprinkle of freshly grated lime zest. Add in a lime wedge and watermelon slice. Serve immediately.

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Annnnd you can maybe add rum.