4 Agua Fresca Recipes for Memorial Day

Marking the unofficial start to the summer vacation season, Memorial Day often heralds the beginning of warm weather and days spent in the sun. To kick off your celebration of summer on Monday, why not try one of our four agua fresca recipes?

Agua fresca is a popular beverage at Mexican restaurants, street vendors  and bodegas. The refreshing drink is a simple blend of water and fruit, herbs or spices. You can also add a sweetener like honey or stevia if you prefer your agua fresca a little sweeter. Agua frescas come in many varieties including watermelon, lemon and horchata, also known as rice  water. We tested four versions of the refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage  and found them all to be delicious!

Our favorite was the pineapple agua fresca made using crushed pineapple and stevia. Not only did it have great fruit flavor, but also is healthy since pineapple is full of vitamin C, manganese and fiber.

The cucumber mint agua fresca is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Refreshing cucumber combined with cooling mint created a drink that is perfect for bringing to summer parties and picnics.

Going a more traditional route, mango agua fresca is another great version of the drink. Since mangos are fairly sweet on their own, it may not be  necessary to add additional sweetener to this recipe, but that’s a matter  of taste.

Strawberries are one of the staple fruits of summer. Instead of making  traditional shortcake or ice cream, try strawberry lime agua fresca. The  sweetness of the strawberries is a nice contrast to the tartness of the  lime, creating a flavorful beverage.

One of the best features of agua fresca is that it can be customized in many ways. You can keep it simple with just pineapple or mango, or you can mix it up a bit with something less familiar like cucumber mint. If these flavors don’t appeal to you, you can always create your own using  your favorite fruit. The agua fresca possibilities are endless.


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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the recipes.

June P.
Past Member 3 years ago


Jane Warren
Jane Warren3 years ago

thnx for this

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim3 years ago

Thanks. No doubt about me: strawberries lime

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Brandi for sharing the ideas and links.

willie h.
Linda H.3 years ago

Good point, Mary L. I like all kinds of foods, that's true. It's ALL "American", because we are all Americans. At the same time, I see a great emphasis for some time now on Mexican and other Hispanic foods,customs,perspectives,arts,music,etc. in every magazine, newspaper, events listing,etc., yet next to nil about any of the other ethnic cultures. Forget about the "Red, White and Blue". I think there's something very wrong when May, for example, becomes more about Cinco de Mayo than about Memorial Day.

Vita Pagh
Vita P.3 years ago

Looks delicious. Must try!
Thank you.

Mary L.
Mary L.3 years ago

Willie H, if you feel that way, don't barbeque, it's from the Caribbean, Hot dogs are sausage from Germany and more.

"Real" American would be succotash, pemmican, potatoes and the like and even they were immigrants.

By the way, you might want to check to see how many Hispanic names are in your nearest military cemetary.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago