Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca

Naturally sweet and totally refreshing. This pretty pink cooler is about to become my healthy summer staple.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca - Zero added sugar, all-natural, totally refreshing, and only three ingredients.

Whenever I host a Mother’s Day meal, I naturally turn to pink. Pink everything. Pink flowers. Pink dishes. And, of course, pink food and drink.

I mean, what better color to celebrate women everywhere?! It’s the most feminine color around. And so many delicious foods lend themselves naturally to this, the chickiest of hues. Like strawberries. And raspberries. Radishes, potatoes, even some onions. And of course – of course! – watermelon. The queen of melons, she’s sweet, she’s succulent, and she’s as rosy as they get.

You know where I’m going with this. Watermelon coconut agua fresca is indeed the perfect shade of pink for Mom’s Day. And you know what else is awesome about this stuff? Unlike most agua frescas, this one has zero sugar added! None! It doesn’t need it.

Coconut water, pureed watermelon, and a squeeze of lime. That’s it.

Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca - Zero added sugar, all-natural, totally refreshing, and only three ingredients.

The natural sweetness in both the watermelon and the coconut water are plenty to make this perfectly drinkable and completely refreshing. The perfect summer drink. Light, hydrating, delicious – but not cloying.

If you really, really want yours a little sweeter, just stir in a little sugar until it dissolves, but I uphold it truly doesn’t need any. I also don’t find full-on sugar soda or heavy fruit juices refreshing – especially in the heat of summer – so this watermelon coconut agua fresca is what I’ll be sipping on instead. With a decorative straw. It makes all of the difference.

Bonus: I’ll feel totally girly while drinking it. Pinkies up! (Oh, and Moms: Happy Mother’s Day!)

Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca

Yield: About 8 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Naturally sweet and totally refreshing. This pretty pink cooler is about to become my healthy summer staple.


  • 1 (3 pound) seedless watermelon, cubed (about 5 cups)
  • 4 cups (1 quart) coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 medium lime)


  1. Puree the watermelon in a blender. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a pitcher and carefully pour the pureed watermelon through the sieve. Discard pulp.
  2. Stir in coconut water and lime juice.
  3. Chill, covered, until cold - at least an hour. Serve over ice.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

19 Responses to “Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca”

  1. I’m allergic to coconut, but my husband will LOVE this during the hot summer months!  Pinned!

  2. I just made a huge pitcher of agua fresca – but with pineapple and lime!  I love the color of your watermelon version AND that you used coconut water.  Genius.  And i also love that you didn’t add any xtra sweetner.  Smart thing when you have sweet fruit! 

  3. I’m so thirsty right now, I’m trying to drink my screen, this looks SO GOOD! I guess its time to stand up and get some water 🙂 but I wish I had THIS!

  4. this looks like such a refreshing summer drink!

  5. Such a pretty drink! I love making watermelon and lime punch in the summer. Love that you added coconut water to the mix. Cannot wait to try this 🙂

    • Watermelon and lime are totally MFEO. I recently discovered the beauty of squeezing lime on a wedge of fresh watermelon, too – SO GOOD! 

  6. Beware, this is not sugar free, the watermellon is loaded with natural sugar that raise your glucose level very quickly. Sad to say but diabetics would have major issues drinking this, even though it looks heavenly. 

  7. Can you tell me what brand of coconut water you used?  I’ve yet to find any that I think taste good.  Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel, I drink all different brands and find they’re all pretty similar to one another (with the exception of one recent brand that had pulp which I found weird). When I’ve made this recipe I tend to use Trader Joe’s generic brand because it comes in the exact size needed and the price is right. Hope that helps. It definitely can be an acquired taste!

  8. What a great way to quench your thirst.

  9. I just bought a watermelon, this sounds so refreshing! What a great recipe!!

  10. How far ahead can I make this and will it change it’s taste? Just trying to minimize dishes and last minute prep/cleaning. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Unfortunately mine came out horribly salty. Not refreshing at all. I dont know what happened or what i did wrong! ):

  12. nice and easy recipe thank you

  13. Though the post is horridly sexist,the recipe seems very enjoyable.Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

    • I can think of many worse ways to be “horridly sexist” than connecting the color pink with femininity and mothers! It was also intended to be a pretty light-hearted association. 😉

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