Whats the best way to stay hydrated this summer? Make some fresh fruit water like our friends in Mexico. Enjoy these 10 Authentico Agua Fresca Recipes!
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1. Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
This Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is a popular beverage. I know it sounds strange. You want me to drink a Cucumber? YES! Cucumber is a fruit. Light, refreshing, and perfect for the warm weather months. In Mexico, you see señores riding in bikes with large containers of Agua Frescas. You can also find them at ice cream and popsicle shops. They are everywhere because there is no waste. You gotta do something with overly ripe fruit. It’s a genius invention!
2. Watermelon Agua Fresca
This watermelon agua fresca is made with fresh watermelon, sugar and lime juice, all blended together into a bright and flavorful drink.
3. Pineapple Agua Fresca
In Tabasco, Mexico, you see little pineapples growing everywhere. They’re so cute when they’re tiny. On the streets, vendors will sell cups of pineapple slices with chili powder and lime. It’s tough to eat this because the fruit is so juicy that the fruit juice runs down your arm and often falls on the floor. Needless to say, I’ve had some amazingly, fresh pineapple. During the warmer months, I like to make Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña.
4. Mango Agua Fresca
We love to eat mangos just by themselves when ripe, but we also use them to make desserts, preserves, salads, and drinks, like this Mango agua fresca. Mangos are also eaten before they’re ripe with lemon juice and ground hot dried pepper; this is a popular street food snack in Mexico (you can find a picture of that in one of my previous posts).
5. Strawberry Mango Agua Fresca
This recipe for strawberry mango agua fresca is a light and refreshing fruit drink that only takes 15 minutes to make, it’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot day!A unique drink that’s great for a party or any summer gathering!
6. Banana Agua Fresca
Banana agua fesca or agua de platano is one of the most delicious beverages ever. If you like banana smoothies then you will surely like this agua fresca. There’s nothing better than this on a hot summer day. Plus kids love it too!
7. Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca
One of my favorite beverages, hot weather or not, is this Strawberry agua fresca with milk. I actually would drive down to our neighborhood Mexican supermarket and brave the large crowd a few times a week so that I can buy a large plastic cupful of their fresa de leche.
8. Orange Agua Fresca
Like in Mexico, you can make this Orange Agua Fresca using any type of orange (for some reason, it’s always better when made with bitter oranges, like on my grandma’s farm). In the old times, this drink was called “Naranjate”, then the name changed to “Naranjada”. Either way, we prepare it with regular water or by using mineral water.
9. Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Agua fresca literally means “fresh water” and is a popular drink in Mexico. It’s made by blending fruit with water and a little lime, plus sometimes a little sugar. I do sometimes find cantaloupe a bit hard to get through before it goes off, though, and this agua fresca is the perfect solution. In fact it’s a reason in itself to buy a cantaloupe.
10. Blackberry & Mint Agua Fresca
The thing I love most about agua frescas is that they are completely natural and way healthier than soft drinks. Plus you can control how much sugar, if any, needs to be added to the drink. This is a big thing for me because I really have to be mindful of my sugar intake.