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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Aguas Frescas de México... with a recipe

A recent e-exchange with Becky at Kid World Citizen brought to mind a refreshing memory of my times in Mexico: aguas frescas.

Spanish for "fresh water," an agua fresca drink is simply the combination of pureed fruit, water, some sugar, and a little lime. And in the Mexican heat, soooo refreshing!

While you'll see aguas frescas displayed in beautiful glass jars, don't be surprised if yours is served to you in a plastic bag tied around a straw, especially if bought from a street vendor or small neighborhood shop. Yep, that's how it's done in Mexico, Central America, and even the Philippines... and perhaps elsewhere that I've not visited. This allows the vendor to hang onto the all important bottle deposit... unfortunately with little regard for the additional waste. But a fun and quirky travel experience nonetheless!

Ready to ditch the All-American powdered soft drink and try a healthier, more natural thirst quencher? 

Here is the recipe I use for agua fresca de fresa (strawberry):

Agua Fresca de Fresa Recipe

Puree 2 CUPS of strawberries and 3 CUPS of water.
Strain the puree through cheesecloth or a mesh sieve, being sure to collect the liquid, as that is the part you need for the drink!
Stir in 2 TBS sugar or agave. (We use agave... may need extra for sugar.)
Squeeze in 1 lime.
Refrigerate for several hours; serve well chilled.
Stir well before serving.

Have fun experimenting with different fruits, more/less lime and sugar, different fruit-to-water ratios, even adding a sprig of mint, depending on your preferences. The options are limitless!

And you? Any favorite refreshers from your travels? 


  1. Thank you for sharing at The Backyard Barbecue Bloghop! Right about now, I would love to have some agua fresca! It's hot today! :) Sounds delish will try your recipe. ¡Gracias!

    1. Such a neat group of gals at the BBB-hop, so it was fun to join in!

      I'm a bit jealous of your warm weather. We keep getting hit with cold fronts and thunderstorms. Ugh. One day it will be back to agua fresca weather here again... I hope!

      Thanks for coming by!

  2. We have made agua de sandia (watermelon) a few times. I look forwarding to trying strawberry and others with this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Ooh, yes, I like it with watermelon, too! I find it harder to get the texture right, but still yummy, n'est-ce pas?!

  3. YUM- I love aguas frescas!!! I think my favorite is either jamaica or tamarindo!!! Yum!