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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!

Agua Fresca with Strawberries and Pineapple

Flavor of Mexico

Today’s recipe was an inspired Cinco de Mayo, 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!

Agua Fresca with Strawberries and Pineapple

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, melons, berries or even just freshly squeeze lime juice.

How To Make Agua Fresca with Strawberries and Pineapple

What Ingredients You Need

You only need a handful of 4 ingredients to make our simple and refreshing agua fresca recipe:

  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Cold water
  • Sugar – or your favorite sweetener

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 ounce of vodka, tequila, or rum per serving to make an alcoholic summer drink version.

Easy Agua Fresca with Strawberries and Pineapple

How to Make the Homemade Agua Fresca

You’ll love how easy it is to whip up this fresh and fruity 5 Minute Fix summer drink!

  1. Place the cold cut-up fruit, cold water, and sugar in a blender. Puree until smooth and frothy.
  2. Either serve it frothy straight out of the blender, or strain out the pulp and foam, then pour over ice.
Simple Agua Fresca with Strawberries and Pineapple

You can make this fruit drink recipe a day or so ahead of when you plan to enjoy, and store it in a pitcher in the fridge. Just stir and strain with a sieve, or pour it frothy as-is, over ice to serve.

Pro Tip: Most Agua Frescas you order at a restaurant have been strained, so if you like your beverages smooth, don’t skip this step.

Get the Complete (Printable) Authentic Agua Fresca Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Agua Fresca Recipe with Strawberries and Pineapple

Classic Additions

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! (Also to make this a non-alcoholic drink). 

I love to enjoy these fruity drinks in a tall glass with lots of ice and a wedge of fruit as garnishment. 

Ole!

Hurricane Glass filled and garnished with strawberries

Frequently Asked Questions

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 it looser if needed.

What Do You Recommend Serving with Agua Frescas?

This terrifically refreshing summer drink pairs perfectly with a number of Mexican-inspired dishes.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy flavorful, fruity fresh water while you snack on the BEST Guacamole or zesty Roasted Poblano Avocado dip.

Make agua frescas part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration and try our Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and authentic Sopes recipes with the family!

Other Great Garnish Ideas

Some other great garnish ideas for this beverage are hibiscus flowers, some form of citrus wedge, berries (such as blackberries or blueberries), herbs, or cherries.

How To Make Agua Fresca

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How To Make Agua Fresca

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
How to Make 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!
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries cold, hulled
  • 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple cold
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 cups water cold

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

For a kicked-up version, add one shot of vodka, tequila, or rum per serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink, Calories: 129kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 100mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 40.9mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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15 comments on “How To Make Agua Fresca”

  1. A cold drink with strawberries and pineapple during this summer heat? Yes, please!

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  3. We made these today and enjoyed them poolside. Deliciously refreshing! Thanks Sommer!

  4. A great drink for the whole family. Perfect for the summer time, it looks super refreshing!

  5. So refreshing and delicious!

  6. What a fun drink! :)

  7. Refreshing. Delicious. Easy. Spritely color. Authentic. Healthy. What else can I say???? This perfect for summer for adults as well as kids. Plus think of all the fun glasses you can use.

  8. This looks and sounds SO refreshing. Had no idea it was that easy to make, too! Pinned.

  9. Looks delicious and refreshing! Now I just need some warm weather…

  10. I love the fun colors of the drink and that it is alcohol free! Vey fun!

  11. We grew up drinking “liquidos” which is a similar drink my dad learned when he lived in Mexico. It’s the same as aqua fresca but you blend with ice. So good and refreshing.

  12. This looks extremely refreshing. Love that pink hue.

  13. This is a perfect drink for a hot day!