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How to make aguas frescas


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Love the fresh fruity goodness of homemade smoothies? You are sure to love the light, refreshing flavors of aguas frescas—a traditional Mexican beverage made of nothing but fresh fruit, water and a dash of sugar. Aguas frescas can be made with a wide variety of in-season fruits and are a delicious complement to any meal. Try whipping up a batch in your kitchen today!

aguas frescas

Unique and refreshing, aguas frescas are made to complement the rich, spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine. You can find them sold everywhere from street stands and grocery stores to fancy restaurants and outdoor cafes. Flavors vary depending on what fruits are in season, but popular varieties include horchata, tamarind, pineapple, strawberry, mango, cantaloupe, guava and watermelon.

Follow the simple recipes below and you can prepare your own delicious aguas frescas to serve at your next Mexican fiesta or with any meal.

Agua de Fresa (Strawberry Water)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh strawberries

8 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 cups ice

Directions:

  1. Blend the strawberries, sugar and 1 cup water in the blender until smooth.
  2. Strain the fruit mixture with a sieve to remove the pulp. (You may omit this step if you want to keep the pulp in your drink for extra fiber and nutrition.)
  3. Pour fruit mixture into a pitcher.
  4. Add the rest of the water and ice. Serve chilled.

Agua de Melon (Cantaloupe Water)

Ingredients:

1 whole cantaloupe, diced

8 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 cups ice

Directions:

  1. Blend the diced melon, sugar and 1 cup water in the blender until smooth.
  2. Strain the fruit mixture with a sieve to remove the pulp. (You may omit this step if you want to keep the pulp in your drink for extra fiber and nutrition.)
  3. Pour fruit mixture into a pitcher.
  4. Add the rest of the water and ice. Serve chilled.

 

Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarind Water)

Ingredients:

12 tamarind pods

8 cups water

1 cup sugar

2 cups ice

Directions:

  1. Peel the tamarind pods, making sure to remove the veins.
  2. Put 2 cups of water and the tamarind pods in a pot to boil.
  3. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until the pulp is soft.
  4. Allow the tamarinds and water to cool.
  5. Once cool, remove the seeds and any remaining peel from the tamarind pulp.
  6. Blend the tamarind pulp, cooking water and sugar in the blender on high for 2 minutes.
  7. Strain the mixture over a sieve. Add the remaining water and ice. Serve chilled.

 

Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Water)

Although not made from fresh fruit, horchata is served along with other aguas frescas and is one of the most popular drinks in Mexico.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup long-grained white rice

1 ½ cups hot water

8 cups cold milk

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pour the rice and hot water into a bowl. Seal bowl with plastic wrap and leave overnight.
  2. After it has soaked overnight, pour the mixture into the blender with 1 cup milk and 1 cup sugar.
  3. Blend on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Strain the remaining rice pulp out with a sieve.
  5. Add remaining 7 cups milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  6. Mix well and serve over ice.

More Mexican fiesta recipes:

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How to make delicious guacamole

How to make chicken tortilla soup

How to make homemade salsa


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