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Giada De Laurentiis’ Watermelon-Strawberry Tequila Fresca Is Bound to Be Your Go-To Summer Cocktail

As the great philosopher Harry Styles once sang, “tastes like strawberries on a summer evening…I don’t know if I could ever go without watermelon sugar.” While I clearly concur with Mr. Styles, I did always felt strange equating a watermelon’s flavor to that of strawberries’. Or at least I did…until a certain boozy beverage blessed my Instagram feed, both solving the Styles-inspired strawberry watermelon mystery and setting the stage for a radiantly rejuvenating summer. Meet your new favorite cocktail: Giada De Laurentiis’ Watermelon, Strawberry, and Tequila Agua Fresca, courtesy of @thegiadzy.

This tequila-infused tonic is a sophisticated spin on the traditional Mexican staple, agua fresca, which technically translates to “fresh water” but refers to a variety of fruit juices most commonly blended with watermelon, pineapple, or cantaloupe. Agua fresca is available for purchase in puestos — fruit stands or street vendors — all over Mexico, Latin America, and even some parts of the United States, like Los Angeles, where I grew up, and my Mexican mom often took me to get agua fresca on hot days.

Today, people love to get creative with the tradition, as De Laurentiis clearly did — a decision, and subsequent recipe, for which we are very grateful. And now it’s your turn to partake!

Here’s the best part: This evolutionary take on the luxurious libation is super easy to make — even if it may seem otherwise. You’ll impress all your guests at your backyard BBQ or the neighborhood potluck, which will instantly transform into a tropical resort the second you serve up this spiked agua fresca. Your fellow outdoor party-goers will be sure to thank you.

Head to for the full Watermelon, Strawberry, and Tequila Agua Fresca recipe!

In search of more summer recipes? Giada De Laurentiis has plenty:

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