Cantaloupe and Lime Agua Fresca (Gluten Free & Vegan)

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  • 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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