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Agua Fresca

Agua fresca is an easy, refreshing fruit drink. And while it’s made from just fruit, water, lime juice, and a little sweetener, this combination will surely quench your thirst. Blend up a large jug of this for your next outdoor party or to enjoy in your backyard on a warm summer day.

Several agua fresca drinks.

Agua Fresca Recipe Video

Before we dive into the recipe and tips below, let me show you how you how I quickly blend up this recipe. Give it a watch below! 

What Is Agua Fresca?

While it may sound like an exotic Mexican cocktail, agua frescas are non-alcoholic drinks made from fresh fruits, crisp veggies, or seeds. They’re commonly found in Mexico and Central America among street vendors. But bodegas, restaurants, and juice bars serve them as well, just as they serve another Mexican favorite, horchata.

Luckily, agua fresca is easy enough to make right at home. All you need is chopped fruit, water, sugar, and a blender – that’s it. Which leads into my next point as to why I love homemade aguas frescas. They’re made with all natural ingredients, they make the most of peak in-season fruits, and they’re much healthier than most store-bought fruit juices. So let’s get blending my friends.

A variety of cut fruit in bowls.

Best Types Of Fruits To Use

While watermelon is one of the most popular kinds of agua frescas, there’s plenty of other options. It’s best to stick with naturally sweet fruits such as honeydew, or ones that are extremely refreshing such as cucumber. Some of my favorites include:

  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberries
  • Guava
  • Papaya
  • Cucumber

If I had to choose just one favorite though, it would be pineapple. So delicious! Also, note that other berries such as blackberries or blueberries aren’t great options as they’re too seedy or pulpy.

Making agua fresca in a blender.

How To Make Agua Fresca

This is what you’ll need.

  • 4 cups freshly chopped fruit
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoon sugar (I’m using maple syrup)
  • 1 lime, juiced

Once you’ve got all your ingredients, here’s how you’ll blend them.

  • Add the fruit, 3 cups of water, and sweetener to the blender. Puree until it’s completely smooth.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher. This isn’t required, but it does help to remove some sediment from fruits such as pineapple and cantaloupe.
  • Taste test to see if you’d like to add any more sweetness.
  • Serve immediately over ice, or refrigerate it for up to 72 hours.

Various agua fresca drinks on a table.

How Long Will This Last In The Fridge?

Agua frescas are best served immediately over ice. But if you want to save leftovers or make this ahead of time, they can be chilled in the refrigerator up to 72 hours. Just make sure to give it a good stir before serving as the liquid will separate over time.

More Refreshing Drinks

If you’re in the mood for an actual cocktail though, I have a few other refreshing drinks for you to try.

Several different flavors of agua fresca.
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Agua Fresca Recipe (Several Flavors!)

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Agua fresca is an easy, refreshing fruit drink made from fruit, water, lime juice and a little sweetener. Watch how I make it in the video above!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped fruit
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or any sweetener of your choice
  • 1 lime, juiced

Instructions

  • Add the fruit, water, lime juice, and sweetener to a blender. Then puree until it's completely smooth.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Taste test to see if you need to add anymore sweetness.
  • Serve immediately over ice, or place in the refrigerator to chill.

Lisa's Tips

  • Watermelon doesn't usually need to be strained, but if you'd like to remove some of the froth and pulp from other fruits it's best to strain.
  • Some fruits are naturally sweeter than others, so I always recommend starting with less sweetener and adding more as desired.
  • Want to get creative? Make fruit blends or add herbs (fresh mint is great) or spices (fresh ginger is awesome with pineapple).
  • I love to store the agua fresca in these large juice jars.

Nutrition

Calories: 32kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 99mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 432IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Agua Fresca, Agua Frescas, Aqua Fresca Recipe
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42 comments on “Agua Fresca”

  1. I made pineapple it was delicious-also made watermelon next is cantaloupe.
    @downshiftology

  2. I did not know this before, thank you for the enlightenment! This is an amazing substitute for store-bought refreshments which is also much healthier and cheaper! Now I’m slightly obsessed with pineapple&melon mix agua fresca. :)

    • So glad you enjoyed these aguas frescas! They’re so simple to make at home and a much healthier alternative :)

  3. Just finished my watermelon agua fresca and bought frozen strawberries for tomorrow’s new batch! This is perfect for those hot summer days in Manila! I think this is gonna be a staple at home <3 perfect for days when you crave for sweet drinks!

    • Hi Michiko – Glad you loved the watermelon version! Definitely perfect for the warm summer days ahead.

  4. I made pineapple but made the mistake of using frozen fruit so I had to use more water it was good.
    I now know fresh ripe fruit is much better for it,

  5. Sooo REFRESHING!! I made cantaloupe and pineapple.  The pineapple one is hands down my favorite! LOVE it! Thanks Lisa 😋

  6. Amazingly easy, impressive, and so delicious. I made watermelon this time and next time I will combine honeydew and cantaloupe melons. I sweetened with 1-1/2 tablespoons of raw coconut sugar. This recipe is a keeper.

    • The perfect refreshment for a warm day! Glad you enjoyed the watermelon version. Can’t wait to see how your other flavors turn out later :)

  7. I love these recipes, usually make frozen pineapple and coconut water but skip the sweetener. I can’t wait until my watermelon 🍉 grow, so I can this recipe. Thanks for some new ideas! 

    • Pineapple and coconut water is a delicious combination :) And yes! Watermelon season is coming upon us.

  8. So i did it 😊 I just made watermelon
    Pineapple is next for sure!

    • Hi Kristi – Happy to hear you loved the watermelon agua fresca! Can’t wait to see how your pineapple one turns out :)

  9. So excited to try this recipe! I have been trying to drink less milk so I don’t have to take trips to the store as often. I’ve switched to mostly water and I’ve gotten so sick of plain water. This will be a great way to mix it up! This is perfect timing Lisa, just what I needed!

    • Hi Katie- This will be a great way to switch up your beverage routine. Plus get your daily fruit intake!

  10. I have found watermelon and super ripe pineapple don’t require much water added to the blender to create juice.  I would add water slowly as the fruit blends.

  11. Looks great- do you think I can use frozen fruit if thawed before using in this recipe? 

  12. Hi Lysa,
    Thanks for this good idea and beautiful Colors. I just made the one with pineapple and it does taste delicious!

  13. Love this !!!!! I’ve done it so far with mango, and with watermelon! It’s amazing!!! Especially after working in my garden in Florida where it’s very hot! When I went to Peru this was a VERY POPULAR drink, made with practically any fruit! With all these spring/summer fruits in season, could you make fruit leather? A healthier option to fruit roll ups, Preferably by using an oven. 
    You’re amazing!!! And every recipe I try gets better and better!!!!!

    • Hi Sierra – Amazing! I’ll have to try it with mango sometimes as I love mango. And hmm, I will definitely keep a fruit leather roll up idea for the future :)

  14. Is the video here? I clicked on all of the pictures and didn’t find it

    • Hi Lori – Make sure to turn your ad blocker off if you have that on. Then refresh the page and the video should pop up :)

  15. These look so refreshing! Can’t wait to try!

  16. I used 3 cups honeydew and 1 cup seeded cucumber but otherwise followed your recipe. Delicious!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. This is a really easy and healthy recipe for making fresh fruit drinks, and it’s delicious.
    I’m just wondering though, why the need to add sweetener to a beverage that’s made of fruit?
    To my taste, fruit is already sweet enough, and one could say that added sugar is unnecessary and should be avoided when possible, for optimum health.

  18. I never realize that agua fresca is very similar to most fruit juice in Indonesia. That said, it’s been ages since I had these. I’m going to turn my cantaloupe into delicious agua fresca. :)

  19. This looks so nice and refreshing, perfect for summer!

  20. We have a local taco shop that serves agua fresca, and I cannot get enough! Excited to make my own, just in time for summer!

  21. What refreshing flavours! These sound perfect for the warmer days.

  22. These were so easy to make and tasted delicious.