Rosemary Watermelon Agua Fresca

July 6, 2015

A refreshing summer drink – rosemary watermelon agua fresca!

Right up there with my love of goat cheese, is my love of rosemary. It’s something I try to add to every recipe I can, and when planting my garden, made sure I bought copious amounts of. So, when I had the genius idea to add rosemary into this agua fresca, I was quite pleased with myself.

Rosemary infused simple syrup gives this cocktail an unexpected taste that balances out the lime and salt perfectly. Plus adding sparkling water, dilutes the watermelon puree just enough to enjoy this as a drink, rather than as a shot. The little watermelon stars make this cocktail ‘Martha’ status, and are sure to impress your guests!

Rosemary Watermelon Agua Fresca


  • 1 ripe watermelon, rind removed and sliced into 1 in. rounds
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary, plus 2 for garnish
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 c. water 
  • 1 liter sparkling water (I used watermelon-lime flavor, or substitute with soda or tonic)
  • 1.5 c. vodka (or tequila) 
  • sea salt to taste 
  • juice from 4 limes, plus slices for garnish 

Step 1: In a small saucepan, dissolve 1/2 c. sugar into 1/2 c. water.  Once dissolved, add a few rosemary sprigs. Let this barely simmer while you make the rest of the cocktail (at least 10 minutes). 

Step 2: Remove watermelon rind, and slice the fruit into 1 inch rounds. Use a star cookie cutter to cut shapes of watermelon from the rounds. Place shapes in a bowl, and put in freezer for the time being. 

Step 3: Place the watermelon remains into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the puree over a sieve (or coffee filter) into a pitcher. Discard the remaining watermelon foam. Remove the rosemary simple syrup from the stove and allow to cool. 

Step 4: Pour the soda water and lime juice into the watermelon puree, then mix in the alcohol and simple syrup.  Add sea salt to taste. 

Step 5: Remove watermelon stars from the freezer and use as ice cubes or for garnish. 

Step 6: If you’d like, you can salt the rim of the glasses. Add lime slices, rosemary sprigs, watermelon garnishes, and enjoy! 

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