Agua Fresca (Fresh Fruit Water) is a popular, non-alcoholic beverage traditionally served throughout Mexico and Latin America, and fast becoming a trend with North American food trucks.
To make your own Agua Fresca, slice then mash ripe fruit – try pineapple, strawberries, papaya, Mexican prickly pear or melon. Mix the mashed fruit with cold, fresh water and a sweetener, like granulated sugar or honey. Next, strain the mixture through a sieve to remove pulp and seeds. If the traditional method of mashing fruit seems a bit time-consuming, you can always rely on your trusty kitchen blender, which can do the job in a fraction of the time and make for a much smoother concoction. You can also premix a bottle of your own “sugar syrup” to keep in your “frig” to speed up the process.
Variations of this south-of-the-border drink can incorporate edible flower petals, lemongrass, or herbs and spices, like mint, basil or ginger, to create a refreshing blend of unexpected flavors. If you like something bubbly, top off your drink with a splash of club or lemon-lime soda. Finally, ladle the beverage over ice cubes, crushed ice, or serve it straight up in a clear glass garnished with citrus slices.
If the children are asleep, you can always spike your drink with a shot or two of your favorite white rum, however, traditionally, Agua Fresca is non-alcoholic. No matter how you serve it, you’ll want to enjoy this thirst quencher while lounging on the porch on a hot summer night.
The Mobile Bistro (@themobilebistro) in Tucson, Arizona serves a Pineapple Agua Fresca (seen above), also known as Agua de Piña, with freshly-mulled mint leaves and honey. Mmmm. I want another glass…
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