Agua Fresca Any Which Way

jar of bright pink agua fresca with lemon slices floating in it and a straw

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Refreshing and hydrating, Agua Fresca means fruity water. These beautiful drinks are great at a party, and they can help you use up any fruit that you won’t be able to eat before it goes off. This is certainly not the master recipe, just a good starting point for your own creativity.


jar of bright pink agua fresca with lemon slices floating in it and a straw
Agua Fresca Every Which Way
Print Recipe
A basic recipe for making agua fresca and a bunch of ideas for flavors to make it your own.
Servings
4 to 6
Servings
4 to 6
jar of bright pink agua fresca with lemon slices floating in it and a straw
Agua Fresca Every Which Way
Print Recipe
A basic recipe for making agua fresca and a bunch of ideas for flavors to make it your own.
Servings
4 to 6
Servings
4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fruit chopped
  • 4 cups water
Additions
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • lemon juice to taste
  • lime juices to taste
  • sugar
  • mint leaves
  • basil or thai basil
  • lemon balm leaves
Flavor Ideas
  • blueberry and lemon
  • cucumber and lemon
  • mango and lime
  • melon
  • orange
  • papaya
  • peach and vanilla
  • pineapple and mint
  • strawberry and basil
Instructions
  1. For a very lightly flavored agua fresca, just mix the water and fruit together. Done! Obviously, if you want more fruit flavor, then use less water; if you want less flavor, then use more water.
  2. I usually run my agua fresca through the blender, however. If you want the drink to be clear, strain the pulpy leftovers of the fruit after blending. If you’re using blueberries or oranges or other fruit with a skin, you’ll almost certainly want to strain it.
  3. For some fruits, you can also choose to leave the pulp: it’s particularly great when making a melon agua fresca since it mostly disappears.
  4. Serve over ice. Try some of the variations I’ve suggested or whatever fruits you like!

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