Watermelon and Jalapeño Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) might be the ultimate sipper.

Photography By Sam Wells | August 22, 2017

Ingredients

Jalapeño simple syrup:
  • 3 jalapeño peppers (seeded and deveined)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup agave
  • Pinch of salt
For the drink:
  • 1 medium seedless watermelon (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 cup jalapeño simple syrup
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 5 cups water

Instructions

Refreshing, light and packed with fruit (or sometimes veggies!) they’re a tasty way to take full advantage of the bounty of spring and summer produce at its flavor peak. Most recipes are simple and straightforward, but if you’re looking to up your game this season, these recipes from Chef Miguel Valdez of The Red Door and The Wellington are sure to satisfy.

Jalapeño simple syrup:

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.

For the drink:

In blender, combine watermelon, jalapeño simple syrup, lime juice and water. Blend for about 30 seconds. Do not strain. Pour into glasses full of ice, garnish with a lemon slice and serve immediately (or refrigerate for a more intense flavor).

Makes 10–12 servings

Ingredients

Jalapeño simple syrup:
  • 3 jalapeño peppers (seeded and deveined)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup agave
  • Pinch of salt
For the drink:
  • 1 medium seedless watermelon (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 cup jalapeño simple syrup
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 5 cups water
Subscribe
Build your own subscription bundle.
Pick 3 regions for $60