Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

A Cantaloupe Aqua Fresca is a refreshing beverage made of pulverized fruit, strained and lightly sweetened. Perfect for a warm afternoon or as a non-alcoholic alternative to a frozen cocktail.

a peachy frothy glass filled with an aqua Fresca garnished with a lime slice on the rim

What is an Agua Fresca?

A Cantaloupe Agua Fresca is simply melon that is pulverized into a liquid, that is flavored with mint, ginger, lime or lemon juice and lightly sweetened. Serve chilled. Because of their water content, melons work best: watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew.

If you have never made an Agua Fresca here is what you do:

Chop up a bunch of watery fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe or honey dew. Pulverize in a high power blender. In a mesh strainer or fine colander strain the solids from the juice over a large bowl.

Sweetened with a simple syrup- I infuse mine with lemon peel- here’s how. Add in lime juice, ginger or mint or basil to cut the sweetness and add a little zing.

a collection of ingredients to make a cantaloupe aqua Fresca

Tips to make this recipe:

  • Use fresh ingredients- ginger and lemon really brighten the drink, so do not use bottled or jarred.
  • Press the juice through the sieve with the help of a rubber spatula.
  • Substitute agave if you do not want to use simple syrup
  • Serve aqua frescas ice cold.
a bunch of cantaloupes sliced on a cutting board
You want a melon that is almost overripe

Equipment needed to make a Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

  • High Power blender
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Juicer or reamer for the citrus fruit. Buy my favorite HERE
  • Microplane for the ginger
A bunch of limes sliced in half next to a ceramic juicer

Other mocktails you may like to try:

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Sparkling Blood Orange & Lime juice cocktail

Cucumber- melon Aqua Fresh

Hot Cocoa Mix

Spiced apple cider

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca

Recipe by Meggen Wilson Course: Cocktails, MOST POPULAR RECIPES, Summer RecipesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Make an aqua fresca the easy way with cantaloupe, lime juice, ginger sweetened with simple syrup! Just chop, blend, strain & enjoy.


  • 1 large cantaloupe, peeled and seeded

  • 2 TBSP Freshly grated ginger

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 3 TBSP simple syrup or agave- optional


  • Place peeled and chopped cantaloupe and ginger in a high power blender and process on high speed until liquified. Over a large bowl, press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer coaxing the juice with a scraper.
  • Pour into a large pitcher. Add in lime, lemon juice and simple syrup to taste. Stir well to combine.
  • Into old fashioned glasses filled with ice, pour in 1 oz of tequila per glass. Add in juice. Stir.
  • Serve immediately.
  • We recommend not adding spirits to the juice pitcher in case you would like to enjoy it with breakfast.


  • You can always add spirits to this if desired. Tequila or light rum makes an Aqua Fresca extra fun.
A clear glass filled with a pale peachy color drink garnished with a lime wheel

I am a big fan of fresh and clean tasting Agua Frescas- strained juice primarily made from melons sweetened with sugar or a simple syrup. I made two other recipes last year.

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