“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.
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.
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.
MAKES 2 QTS.
- 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.
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.
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