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Strawberry Agua Fresca

Here is your sign to drink more water as the weather heats up! If you're one of those people that finds water boring, then this Strawberry Agua Fresca recipe is for you! It's a blend juicy ripe strawberries, water, a bit of lime juice, and a bit of sweetener, and it's super refreshing.

This recipe for agua fresca makes a lighter, less sugary drink than many recipes out there. That is perfect for drinking throughout the day without loading up on too much sugar.

2 glasses of strawberry agua fresca garnished with limes
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What is agua fresca?

Agua fresca is a delicious drink that originates from Mexico. "Agua fresca" literally means "fresh water," and you can make it almost any kind of fruit, depending on what you have on hand or what's in season.

This strawberry agua fresca is one of my favorites and we make it often because we always have strawberries in the fridge (my son LOVES them!). 

So grab a blender and let's make some refreshing strawberry water!

Pitcher of strawberry agua fresca

More refreshing summer drinks: Cucumber Lemonade

Ingredients

This recipe makes about 4 servings, but can be scaled up or down:

  • 2 cups strawberries (about 10 large strawberries)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (that's ½ of a fresh lime, and I recommend using fresh if you have it instead of the bottled stuff!)
  • 3 cups water (already chilled water is best because you can drink it immediately and won't need to water it down with as much ice)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup, or to taste (or use sugar or honey, but I prefer agave because it pours and blends easily and doesn't need time to dissolve)

Please note this recipe for agua fresca makes a lighter, less sugary drink than many recipes out there. If you prefer a sweet juice-type drink, add an extra tablespoon of lime juice and ¼ - ⅓ cup agave.

More fruity summer drinks: Mulberry Iced Tea

Equipment

For this recipe, you'll need:

  • A cutting board and small knife, or use a strawberry huller. It's definitely a single use gadget and probably not worth it unless you're making strawberry drinks all the time (which I wouldn't judge you for, they're delicious)... but a strawberry huller is kind of fun to use.
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A blender
  • A pitcher for storing your drink... unless you're sharing all 4 cups with your family and enjoying it immediately!
  • Optional - a fine mesh sieve if you want to strain out extra pulp, but that really gives this agua fresca extra flavor!

More refreshing summer drinks to try: Honey Ginger Limeade

Instructions

Hull the strawberries (that's a fancy way of saying remove the green parts that you don't want to eat).

Hulled strawberries on a cutting board

Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend for 15-30 seconds, until the strawberries are fully blended.

Taste the agua fresca. You might need to add more agave if your strawberries aren't very sweet. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or enjoy immediately over ice!

More blended fruity drinks: Papaya Shake

Why is my agua fresca chunky or separated?

When agua fresca sits for a while, it is normal for the solid strawberry bits to float down and the water to stay on top. It might not look appetizing, but it is totally fine! Just stir together and serve.

More fresh fruit recipes: Watermelon Fries with Yogurt Dip

Can I use frozen strawberries to make?

Fresh, ripe, flavorful strawberries are best, but if you only have frozen strawberries, let them thaw before adding them to the blender. If you don't have time to let them thaw, make sure to blend completely so no frozen strawberry chunks are left.

What other flavors can I add?

→ You can make agua fresca with lots of different fruit: pineapple, passionfruit pulp, kiwi are some great ideas. Some fruits that have too many big seeds, such as blackberries or raspberries, might not be the best choice unless you plan on using a sieve to strain them out. Mango is delicious in agua fresca, but many mangoes are pretty fiberous and will also need to be strained.

→ Try lemon juice instead of lime juice.

→ Line the rim of your drink with tajin seasoning! It's spicy and delicious and pairs perfectly with sweet strawberry water. (Make sure to rub a lime wedge onto the glass first to get the seasoning to stick.)

More summer drinks to try: Lychee Lemonade

Can I use stevia or monk fruit sweetener?

Yes, use whatever you like! Start with a little and adjust to taste.

Can I make strawberry agua fresca in advance? 

Strawberry water is best when served fresh, or within a day of serving. As mentioned above, it will separate a little while it chills, but that's totally normal and you can simply stir it back together and serve.

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

2 glasses of strawberry agua fresca garnished with limes
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5 from 10 votes

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Refreshing, delicious, nutritious, and so easy to make! This Strawberry Agua Fresca is one of the best uses for fresh strawberries and is a great way to stay hydrated.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries - (about 10 large strawberries)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice - (about ½ lime)
  • 3 cups water - (already chilled water is best because you can drink it immediately and won't need to water it down with as much ice)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup - or more to taste (or use sugar or honey, or your favorite sweetener)

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Hull the strawberries (remove the green parts that you don't want to eat).
  • Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend for 15-30 seconds, until the strawberries are fully blended.
  • Taste the agua fresca. You might need to add more agave if your strawberries aren't very sweet. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or enjoy immediately over ice!
  • Optional step: strain through a fine mesh sieve. I don't recommend doing this because you'll remove a lot of the flavor by straining out the strawberry, but this is a good option if you don't like the pulp.
  • If you liked this recipe, don't forget to give it a star rating and pin it on Pinterest!

Notes

This recipe for agua fresca makes a lighter, less sugary drink than many recipes out there. If you prefer a sweet juice-type drink, add an extra tablespoon of lime juice and ¼ - ⅓ cup agave.
When agua fresca sits for a while, it is normal for it to get separated: the solid strawberry bits will settle down and the water will float on top. It might not look appetizing, but it is totally fine! Just stir together and serve.

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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