Agua fresca translates to “cool water” and is a light, easy, thirst-quenching drink made from fruit, water and sweetener.
You can use almost any kind of fruit, and adjust the type and amount of sweetener according to your taste and the natural sweetness of the fruit you’re using.
We’ve whipped up watermelon, peach and cucumber aquas frescas, but don’t stop there! Honeydew, canteloupe, mango and pineapple are all delicious options too. The basic recipe stays the same and allows you to use whatever is fresh and available!
- 4 cups cubed or sliced fruit, peeled and seeded
- 4 cups cold water
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup sweetener (sugar, simple syrup*, agave, maple syrup)
- 2 – 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Additional cubed or slice fruit for garnish
Place the fruit in a blender and blend till smooth. Add the water and blend again. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to extract all of the liquid. Taste and add sweetener and lime juice to your preference.
Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with additional fruit. Serve immediately (any leftover mixture can be stored in the fridge; stir before serving).
*To make simple syrup: Place 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store covered, in the fridge. Can be used for aguas frescas, iced tea or coffee, lemonade and cocktails.