14 Cool and Refreshing Agua Fresca Recipes

a glass of Mexican strawberry water
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A blend of fresh fruit puree, sugar, and cold water is served over ice to create an incredibly refreshing drink known in Mexico as Aguas Frescas, Agua de Fresca, or Aguas de Frutas. Learn how to make agua fresca in traditional flavors from scratch including watermelon or strawberry and mint, plus more adventurous recipes featuring tamarind, hibiscus, chia seeds, and more. Once you know how, you'll be sipping on these ice-cold, fresh fruit water recipes all summer long!

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Agua Fresca

Cantaloupe, water and sugar are blended and served over ice to create the perfect refreshment on a nice day. You can use any fruit in agua fresca, but melon when it's in season will always guarantee delicious results.

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Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Limeade)

Cucumbers, lime juice and water are blended until smooth in this Mexican agua fresca. Allrecipes Allstar Paula says: "This is a delicious and refreshing way to up your water intake throughout the day! I really think people who aren't fond of cucumber by itself will like this."

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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

This delicious agua fresca is similar in taste to a tart cranberry tea drink. It's made from the vibrant dried flowers of the hibiscus plant, which you can find in Mexican and larger supermarkets. This version is flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Serve immediately or let stand overnight for best taste.

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Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

This watermelon and lime drink is so refreshing served in tall glasses over ice with mint. Or you can liven it up further with vodka for a tasty summertime cocktail!

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Tamarind Agua Fresca

A truly refreshing Mexican agua fresca drink made with tamarind concentrate, orange and lime. Recipe creator Sherbear1 says: "The tamarind has a sweet and sour kind of taste to it. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve."

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Agua Fresca de Pina y Espinacas (Pineapple Spinach Agua Fresca)

This versatile and vibrant, bright green agua fresca is made with nutritious spinach and fresh pineapple. If the pineapples you are using are ripe and sweet, you may not need to add any sweetener.

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Chia Fresca

Try this hydrating Mexican lemonade made with chia seeds, fresh lemon juice and water. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint and fresh lemon wedges for a natural energy drink that's so refreshing and nutritious.

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Agua de Melon (Cantaloupe Juice)

Cubes of cantaloupe melon, sweetened condensed milk and water are blended until smooth to make agua de melon. This recipe is just as delicious with honeydew melon if you prefer. Serve in tall glasses or in a pitcher filled with ice to help you cool off in the heat.

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Spinach Strawberry Agua Fresca

Quench your thirst with this Mexican water-based fruit drink that gets a nutritious boost from fresh ripe strawberries and spinach. Sweeten with sugar or agave to taste.

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Mexican Strawberry Water (Agua de Fresa)

a glass of Mexican strawberry water

Popular all over Mexico, make this naturally sweet strawberry water when strawberries are in season. Chill for several hours then serve over ice and garnish with lime and mint for an incredibly refreshing summer drink.

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Watermelon-Cucumber Agua Fresca

a mug of agua fresca made with watermelon and cucumber with a tajin rim

Ripe, sweet watermelon pairs perfectly with cool and refreshing cucumber in this fabulous agua fresca. Rim your class with Tajin for a salty and spicy edge to each sip.

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Agua Fresca de Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)

dragon fruit agua fresca
Pictured: Agus Fresca de Pitaya (Dragon Fruit). Yoly

Pitaya, or dragon fruit, is ultra refreshing on a hot summer's day. You can use pink or white fleshed dragon fruit for this recipe.

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Agua Fresca de Sandia (Watermelon Agua Fresca)

watermelon agua fresca in a glass

Recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Yoly explains this agua fresca is "served throughout Mexico" and is "very refreshing." It's a great thing to make when you've bought a huge watermelon and can't seem to make a dent in it!

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Agua Fresca de Pina y Pepino

pineapple and cucmber agua fresca in a glass

Another refresher from Yoly, this agua fresca combines pineapple and cucumber for a uniquely cool and sweet drink.

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