Diane, A Broad
September 2, 2013

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

I keep reading things all over the internet about it being the end of summer. Well, from where I sit, with broken air conditioning that is blowing ineffectually into my still-sweltering apartment, and a weather forecast that says it’s going to be in the upper 80’s-lower 90’s all week, for me to deal with slots on line with such heat is not good, it still feels like we’re smack dab in the middle of summer to me.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Now that we’re agreed that we still have weeks of summer left to go, let’s discuss how we’ll be cooling down. I suggest this watermelon-and-champagne concoction that could alternatively be called a spritzer or a sparkling cocktail, but I’ve decided to call an agua fresca mimosa. Fizzy and pink and cold cold cold, I would drink this every day if I could without being overly boozed up at the workplace.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas

Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas


  • 1 small watermelon, peeled and cubed (to yield about 6 cups watermelon cubes)
  • juice of 2 small limes
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar (optional)
  • 1 750ml bottle dry sparkling wine, chilled


  1. Purée the watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain the watermelon using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Add the lime juice and, if desired, the agave nectar.
  2. Mix the watermelon agua fresca with the champagne. Start with roughly equal parts of agua fresca to champagne, then tweak to your taste.


This is also great as a granita or a slushie -- freeze the mimosa in a baking pan for a couple of hours, then scrape up the ice crystals that have formed along the sides and top layer with a fork. Return to the freezer for another few hours, scrape, and repeat, until all of the mimosa is frozen and fluffy.


Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Music to drink by: Walk on the Wild Side [Lou Reed // Transformer]

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25 responses to “Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas”

  1. Ahh this looks amazing. I think the end of Summer thing more for people out of Southern California – I moved out to LA September 7th last year and I remember the 10 days or so before I started UCLA were insanely hot, but here in England it is starting to get a little crisper!

  2. Teffy says:

    Those sound so delicious and refreshing! Need to make them before it gets too cold and I progress to chai lattes and hot chocolates!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


  3. Laura Grai says:

    This looks amazing – I always love a good mimosa at brunch, and this sounds like a fun twist on it!

  4. Melissa says:

    Simple and looks delicious!


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  5. Tasty Side to Life says:

    Love this recipe. Also really appreciate the styling of your blog and the other recipes. It’s funny b/c when you tell producers in champagne about a mimosa they almost stop breathing and fall over in shock! They say “Our product is gorgeous, elegant, divine as it is why in the world would you want to add fruit juice to it?”. This recipe calls for sparkling so they would probably appreciate that! A suggestion could be using le Gallais Millesime 2005. This champagne would go nicely with watermelon as it has a nose of green apple!

    Le Gallais is actually hosting a harvest event for food/ wine loving Parisians or Intl’s in France! They’ll have a roasted pig just like Bones restaurant in Paris which Diane you photographed on the Hip Paris blog!


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    I want one!

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  10. Meghan says:

    For people that have made this, can you let me know how many cups this recipe yields? Would like to make a gallon of it but want to make sure I buy enough produce to start. Thanks!

  11. Alexandra Aimee says:

    This looks wonderful! I love watermelon agua fresca!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  14. Raven Bancroft says:

    I had been looking for a watermelon drink with alcohol for a while now. Thanks to Chelsea, I found it.

  15. Emma Messner says:

    Hi Diane! I sent you an email yesterday about featuring your recipe on my blog. Is this something that you are okay with? I will link back to you blog, but I can’t go ahead with posting your photo without your permission. Thanks!


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