Spiked Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Total Time:
10 min
10 min
Inactive Prep:
8 servings


  • 1/2 fresh watermelon, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • 1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • 1/2 cup best quality vodka
  • Ice, for serving


Puree the watermelon in a blender, and then strain the juice through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Alternatively, use a juicer, or push the fruit through a fine sieve into a large bowl to collect the juice and eliminate the pulp and seeds. You can strain a second time with an even finer sieve or cheesecloth to remove the fine particles of pulp. Set aside.

Mix the salt and lime juice in a large pitcher. Stir in the watermelon juice, liqueur and vodka, and then taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Stir well once more just before serving over ice.

Cook's Note: To make watermelon ice cubes for serving, pour extra watermelon juice into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.