Literally translated, Agua Fresca means “fresh water.” Enjoyed throughout Latin America, an agua fresca is a water based refreshment that cools, re-hydrates, and quenches your thirst.
Almost any fruit can be converted to an agua fresca: Canteloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, guavas, pineapple and mango are all terrific bases for an agua fresca. Tropical fruits make the most authentic agua fresca, although apples and pears are delicious as well!
A Simple “No-Recipe” Recipe for Agua Fresca
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit (your choice)
- Sugar or artificial sweetener to taste
Place the fruit and water in the container of a blender. Puree until smooth, then strain out any pulp with a mesh strainer. Sweeten to taste, then serve over ice.
Even teas qualify as an agua fresca. Simply make your favorite tea, dilute to half strength, sweeten, and then pour over ice.
Citrus fruit must be juiced before the flavor can be incorporated into an agua fresca. Typically, lemonade or limeade is referred to as an agua fresca as well.
Remember that agua frescas are particularly popular in climates that are very hot, where hydration is a constant activity. The more you dilute your agua fresca with water, and the less sugar you add, the more hydrating your beverage will be.