Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca

Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Guess who’s CSA box showed up with a cantaloupe in it 2 weeks in a row?! Oh man, cantaloupes remind me of weekend visits to my grandparents when I was a kid.

My grandmother could always pick the perfect cantaloupe out of  the pile at the market. I would watch her sniff them, push on the “button” as she called it, and tap on the rind. I didn’t really understand all of the steps she performed, but what I did know was that when we went back to her house we would partake in the sweetest, juiciest slices of cantaloupe ever.

Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

I can vividly remember her shaking a little salt over each slice before we ate it, and trust me when I say I ate my weight in it every visit. To this day I still don’t have the cantaloupe picking magic down, but I imagine it comes with many more years worth of experience in the kitchen.

My CSA cantaloupe wasn’t near as sweet as one my grandmother would have picked for me, so I decided to take a different approach and turn that melon into a beautiful summertime drink that my whole family could enjoy. Think cantaloupe meets homemade lime-aid; mouth watering yet? I have had to make this cantaloupe and lime agua fresca now 3 times because my family keeps downing the pitchers faster than I can photograph it which I guess means it’s pretty darn good.

Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

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Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca (Gluten Free & Vegan)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 1/2-7 cups 1x


  • 4 cups filtered water, divided
  • 1/2 cup raw or coconut sugar
  • 3 cups seeded, peeled, and diced cantaloupe
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • generous pinch of salt


  • cantaloupe spears
  • lime wheels


Make a simple syrup

  1. In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water and the sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Make the agua fresca

  1. Blend the diced cantaloupe and 1 1/2 cups water in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. If you don’t have a high-speed blender you might need to strain the cantaloupe through a sieve to remove solids. Transfer to a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lime juice, an additional 1 1/2 cups water, the cooled simple syrup, and salt to the cantaloupe puree in the pitcher. Stir well to mix. Chill in the refrigerator for at least a few hours.
  3. Serve over ice with lime wheels and cantaloupe spears in the glasses.


For a more intense lime flavor add 3 or 4 of the juiced lime rinds to the agua fresca during the chill time. Just be sure to remove them after a few hours or they will over power the cantaloupe flavor.

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  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Yum!! Looks so refreshing and such a pretty color. It’s funny one of our cantaloupes was insanely sweet and the other one not so much. Fickle things those melons are.

    1. Meg June 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Beth, that is exactly what happened with ours. One was worth eating and one not so much. Good thing I now have this agua fresca recipe to fall back on.;)

  2. Susan June 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Yum! Living on the border with Mexico has gotten me acquainted with some of the agues frescas, but this one is totally different. It sounds like it might almost be up there with my favorite, jamaica (hibiscus).

    1. Meg June 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      A hibiscus agua fresca sounds AMAZING Susan! Such a great idea. I may have to attempt that one next with the dried hibiscus flowers I have in my cupboard. I hope you really enjoy this one!

  3. Laura July 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, this looks so good! I love melons of all kind, and with the current heat here in Denmark, I can’t wait to try this out – it looks so refreshing!

    1. Meg July 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! It really is refreshing on a hot day.


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