March 3, 2024


Cooking Is My World

How to Make Agua Fresca – Mexican Drink

How to Make Agua Fresca - Mexican Drink

How to Make Agua Fresca! Aguas Frescas translates to “cool waters.” These are made from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. This Mexican refreshing beverage, is perfect for a hot, summer day.

How to Make Agua Fresca

During the summer when temperatures are scorching, I can’t recommend these Aguas Frescas enough. Agua frescas will forever be one of my favorite things about getting Mexican food in LA. And even though there are ppl on TikTok calling this “spa water,” I’m here to say they are 100% wrong lol.

I shared these recipes in The Year of Cozy but didn’t include the honeydew. Instead, I think there was a recipe for jamaica in there. Man, that book was so long ago. I was thumbing through it the other day and there are SO many things I’d do differently. I think that’s how any creative project goes.

How to Make Agua Fresca

What is Agua Fresca?

Let’s talk about agua frescas. They originate in Mexico and translate literally to be “cool waters.” They have other flavors too like tamarindo, agua de horchata and cucumber. They’ll quench and any thirst and they’re amazing on a super hot day.

How to Make Agua Fresca

What Fruit is Good for Aguas Frescas?

  1. Honeydew Melon
  2. Canteloupe
  3. Watermelon
  4. Strawberries
  5. Pineapple
  6. Cucumber

Another agua fresca that I love is made from the leaves and that’s jamaica/hibiscus flowers.

How to Make Agua Fresca

Equipment You’ll need to Make Agua Fresca?

The equipment is super simple and streamlined. You’ll need:

  • A blender. I love my high-powered blender which is a Vitamix (in the past I’ve had a Ninja and loved that, too).
  • Strainer or sieve (this will help with removing the pulp from the blended juice)

How to Make Agua Fresca?

  1. Whatever fruit you’re using, add it to the blender.
  2. Depending on how sweet the fruit naturally is, you may need to add or not add sugar. With watermelon, I hardly ever add sugar.
  3. Pulse until it’s all blended up.
  4. Pour the mixture through a strainer, allowing it drain. If you like, you can help it go faster with a big spoon.
  5. Give the agua fresca a taste and adjust the sugar according to your liking.
  6. Transfer it to a pitcher and place it in the fridge for 1 hour. As a result, it’ll be super cold and perfect when poured over ice.

If you make them, be sure to let me know on Instagram!