How To Make Agua Fresca
How to Make Authentic Agua Fresca – Strawberries and pineapple are blended together for a refreshing summer drink. Our simple, sweet, fresh and fruity agua fresca recipe is a perfect 5 Minute Fix for Cinco de Mayo!
Today’s Cinco de Mayo inspired 5 Minute Fix recipe is one of my favorite warm-weather beverages.
Authentic Agua Fresca – translated simply as fresh water – is generally made with pureed fruit, sugar, and water. Although some varieties can include seeds or grains.
Our simple recipe blends strawberries and pineapple with cold water and sugar. This easy summer drink is wonderfully refreshing and perfectly sweet!
Authentic Agua Fresca
I can tell you with great certainty that this is in fact an authentic agua fresca recipe, because my Mexican friend Adriana was standing over me, dictating every move I made while I was mixing this particular batch.
She is, thankfully, a stickler for following long-rooted traditions.
While there are no real “rules” for making classic fresh water, the basic requirements are pretty obvious: it must contain A) water and B) something fresh like fruit or veggies.
I like the perfectly sweet strawberry-pineapple combination in this agua fresca recipe the best, but you can make IT with nearly any produce, including: cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, mangos, guava, or even just freshly squeeze lime juice.
What Ingredients You Need
You only need a handful of 4 ingredients to make our simple and refreshing agua fresca recipe:
- Cold water
That’s it! You can use frozen or fresh fruit, but I do recommend that your strawberries and pineapple be at least chilled before blending.
This basic recipe makes a perfect nonalcoholic mocktail. However, you can add 1 oz. of vodka, tequila, or rum per serving to make an alcoholic summer drink version.
How to Make the Best Agua Fresca
You’ll love how easy it is to whip up this fresh and fruity 5 Minute Fix summer drink!
- Place the cold cut-up fruit, cold water, and sugar in a blender. Puree until smooth and frothy.
- Either serve it frothy straight out of the blender, or strain out the pulp and foam, then pour over ice.
You can make this drink recipe a day or so ahead of when you plan to enjoy, and store in a pitcher in the fridge. Just stir and strain with a sieve, or pour it frothy as-is, over ice to serve.
Get the Complete (Printable) Authentic Agua Fresca Recipe Below. Enjoy!
Kick up your agua fresca a bit by adding a shot of your favorite vodka, tequila, or rum for an alcoholic summer cocktail.
You can also add a splash of sparkling soda water when serving, for a bit of effervescence!
I love to enjoy these fruity drinks in a tall glass with lots of ice and a wedge of fruit as garnishment.
How Can I Make this a Frozen Agua Fresca Recipe?
Simply replace the water in the recipe with 8 cups of ice cubes to create a slushy-style frozen agua fresca.
You can add splashes of water as you blend to make looser if needed.
What Do You Recommend Serving with Agua Frescas?
These terrifically refreshing summer drinks pair perfectly with a number of Mexican-inspired dishes.
Looking for More Summer Drink Recipes?
- Cucumber Ginger Mint Agua Fresca
- Fresh Strawberry Margaritas
- Frozen Pineapple Lemonade
- Mexican Mai Tai
- Sparkling White Sangria
How To Make Agua Fresca
- 2 cups fresh strawberries cold, hulled
- 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple cold
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 cups water cold
- Place the cold fruit, sugar and water in the blender. Puree until smooth and frothy.
- Serving options: Either pour into glasses and serve frothy, or pour through a sieve to remove the pulp, then serve over ice.
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