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Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca (Mexican fresh fruit beverage)

(Mexican fresh fruit beverage)

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Aguas frescas are fresh fruit drinks that are very popular all over Mexico. These refreshing beverages are typically served from large barrel-shaped glass containers. Some of the more traditional varieties are watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberry.

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts


  • Fresh fruit (see notes), chopped coarsely -- 3 cups
  • Water -- 6 to 8 cups
  • Sugar -- 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Lime juice (optional) -- 1/4 cup


  1. Add the fruit and 2 to 3 cups of the water to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the rest of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and lime juice if using. Stir well and add more water and sugar as needed. Serve well chilled.

Agua Fresca Variations

  • Agua de Fresa: Use strawberries.
  • Agua de Jamaica: see Sorrel Punch recipe.
  • Agua de Melón: Use cantaloupe or any other melon.
  • Agua de Papaya: Use papaya. The addition of lime juice makes a tastier beverage here.
  • Agua de Sandía: Use watermelon.
  • Agua Fresca de Pepino: Use peeled, seeded cucumbers and lime juice. Cut down on the sugar. Very refreshing.
  • The lime juice is not required, but can add a welcome tartness to some aguas frescas.


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