Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aguas Frescas: Pineapple, Watermelon and Cantaloupe Drinks

   Watermelonwater1a.jpg “Aguas Frescas” are the typical  Mexican household everyday’s beverages. Usually the drink is prepared using the fruits available according to the season and, sometimes, depending of the family’s economy, the flavor of the drink will rely on the fruit that has the lowest price in the market. Sometimes the market vendors will offer a discount on the fruits reaching the peak of their shelf life. Many housewives take advantage of these on sell produce to prepare “Aguas Frescas” to serve at lunch time.

But, why do we call them “Aguas Frescas”? These are beverages prepared with a mix of water, fruits,
sugar and ice cubes. The ice is added to the water/fruit mix in the pitcher to cool. Cool means Fresco in Spanish, and water means agua, hence the name Aguas Frescas. They are not a thick drink like a smoothie or juice. The fruit is added to the water to add flavor. The different types of fruits used to prepare the beverages will also vary from region to region, but some common ones are: Papaya, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Jamaica, Tamarind, Pineapple, Lime and Mango.
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There are some Aguas Frescas that  instead of fruit use grains, leaves, flowers or seeds, like Agua de Horchata, Jamaica, or Chaya. A typical place to find an Aguas Frescas vendor is at the markets, fairs, and other large community events.
Agua de Melon@ 
This recipe can be used as a basic recipe for different types of aguas frescas. Below you will see the pictures for Pineapple, but you can use Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Papaya, Mango, or Cucumbers.

  • 2 Cups of pineapple, watermelon or cantaloupe, peel and seeds removed, cut in cubes.
  • 4 Cups of water.
  • 1/3 Cup of sugar*
  • 2 Cups of ice cubes
  • *You can use either one of the above mentioned fruits or any other fruit of your preference.
  • **Some fruits, when in season, are very sweet and there is not need to add to much sugar. Adjust the sugar according to your taste.
  • Some cooks like to add a few drops of lime juice to their Watermelon or Cantaloupe Agua Fresca.
Pineappledrink9.jpg 1. Place the fruit in a blender with 2 cups of water and sugar, puree until completely smooth.

2. Pour the blender contents into a pitcher, add the 2 extra cups of water and the ice cubes. Taste for sweetness. Add more sugar if needed.  If you want it less thick in consistency, add more water. Serve immediately and enjoy!

You might also like these recipes for Aguas Frescas de Tamarindo, Horchata & Hibiscus.

What is your favorite drink?


  1. Delicious!! Fresh!! and very healthy too. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Ay, this post makes me crave agua de sandia! My mamá made some the other day when I went to visit her. It's my favorite! It's very hot in the city I live, so I think I'll pick up a sandia next time I go grocery shopping so I can make some agua fresca. Great post!

  3. I am delighted to see instructions for making aguas frescos. My very favorite is Jamaica. I feel very blessed to live in a town with very heavy Mexican population, so I can get important ingredients like Jamaica in bulk and for reasonable prices (I live in El Paso). I like the idea of trying the fruit ones, and also tamarind.

  4. Mmmm...all of these aguas frescas look divine! I love agua de guanábana. It is my absolute favorite. ~Nicole

    1. Hello Nicole,

      My husband favorite is also Guanabana. We buy the frozen fruit at the latin markets. Saludos!

    2. Oh yum! Good to know. I'll have to keep my eye out for it here in Pennsylvania. Saludos :-)

  5. I love the mango one! By chance have you shared a recipe of i cant remember what its called: Its a corn tortilla sliced open on side and stuffed with meats, beans, etc.? I love them and moved from South Texas to Maine and am dieing for good Mexican food.

    1. Hello Melissa,
      Do you mean empanadas or quesadillas? Both are in the recipe section. Thanks for visiting.

    2. I think she is taking about Gorditas de Manteca.

  6. Hi I just wondered what kind of blender you use. Mine has little pieces of pulp. Is that normal? Andrea

    1. Hello Andrea,

      I used to have a waring blender, and those do a pretty good job, but now, I have a vitamix. Some people use a strainer to remover the pulp.

      Happy cooking!


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