Strawberry Agua Fresca tastes great on a hot summer day! Refreshing Mexican Strawberry Water is fresh and fruity; the perfect drink recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Learn what Agua Fresca is, how easy it is to make, and what to serve with it.
Creating this Recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca
We’ve rarely allowed our children to drink a lot of soda at home.
Every so often we’ll make homemade root beer floats, but pop is mainly reserved as a special treat when dining out or when they have a party with friends over.
Ice water and milk are our beverage mainstays, but occasionally we’ll make a pitcher of homemade lemonade or a carafe of this easy recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca for a delicious, fruity change of pace.
What is Agua Fresca?
If you’re not already familiar with it, agua fresca is Spanish for “fresh waters” and is most often a blend of fruit, sugar and water, served over ice.
If you’ve ever visited Mexico or Central America, you’ve likely seen how popular this fruit water is.
When we went to Mexico with our kids for summer vacation, we purchased several glasses of this popular drink from street vendors. It was incredibly refreshing on a hot day, and a great alternative to soda when the kids wanted something special to drink!
While agua fresca can be endlessly customized with your favorite fruits, herbs, and even edible flowers, our family favorite version of this refreshing drink is the simple combination of strawberry and lime.
It is a super fun drink to serve on Taco Tuesday nights if you want to make the meal a little more special.
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Tools Needed to Make Strawberry Agua Fresca
Here are the simple tools that will be useful when preparing a batch of agua fresca:
- Citrus Squeezer or Juicer – to juice the limes.
- Strawberry Huller or Knife and Cutting Board – to remove the strawberry stems.
- Blender – to puree the strawberries.
- Fine Mesh Sieve or Strainer – to strain the seeds from the pureed strawberries.
- Measuring Cups – to measure the water and the sugar.
- Glass Pitcher – for serving the strawberry agua fresca.
What is In Agua Fresca
This delicious recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca only has 4 simple ingredients in it! To prepare a batch of this Mexican Strawberry Water, you’ll need the following items:
- Fresh Strawberries
- Cold Water
- Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.
How to Garnish Strawberry Agua Fresca
To serve this refreshing summer drink recipe, serve it in a glass with plenty of ice. Here are a few ideas to garnish your glass for a pretty presentation:
- Fresh Strawberry Slices
- A sprig of Fresh Mint
- A sprig of Fresh Basil
- Lime Wedge
How to Make this Strawberry Agua Fresca Recipe
Simply puree a container of very fresh strawberries in the blender, and then push them through a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the seeds.
I’ve found that pouring some of the water through the strainer will help push out the rest of the puree easily.
Mix the strawberry puree with fresh squeezed lime juice, water, and the sweetener of your choice.
We prefer to use simple syrup to sweeten the mixture because it mixes in easily and thoroughly without any leftover crystals, but you might also choose honey or agave nectar to sweeten.
The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.
Tips for Preparing Agua Fresca
Is this your first time preparing Mexican Strawberry Water? Here are my tips to get the best results when preparing this refreshing drink.
Try decreasing the amount of sugar in the simple syrup if 1 cup sugar per cup of water is too sweet for you. You can easily adjust the amount of sugar in the simple syrup according to your preferences. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely when preparing the simple syrup.
Use fresh ingredients for best results. You’ll get so much more flavor in your fruit water when using fresh, ripe strawberries and fresh lime juice from juicy, fresh limes. Strawberries should be at peak ripeness for fully developed flavor and sweetness.
If you prefer more lime flavor in your strawberry agua fresca, just add extra lime juice, or add some lime zest when preparing your simple syrup.
Use cold water when preparing this agua fresca recipe, and don’t add ice directly to the pitcher as this would dilute the entire batch. Instead, add ice to individual glasses just before serving
What Other Flavors Could I Make?
There are a lot of different combinations of flavors that you can use to make these delicious flavored waters. Feel free to try your favorite fruits and experiment!
- Raspberries or Black berries are good substitute options for Strawberries in
- Lemons or Meyer Lemons could be substituted in place of the squeeze of lime.
- Pineapple is another great fruit to use when making this delicious drink.
- For melon flavors, try substituting watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon in place of the strawberries.
- Some people like to add cucumbers to their agua frescas.
Just remember that whatever fruit you puree, you’ll need to strain to remove any seeds or excess pulp.
How Long Does Agua Fresca Last?
This simple recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca will last up to 4 days stored chilled in the refrigerator, however it rarely lasts that long in our house!
I haven’t ever tried it, but you could likely freeze extra if you’re concerned about finishing it in time.
What to Serve with Strawberry Agua Fresca
This recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca would so fun to serve for a Cinco de Mayo party. It goes great with so many different Mexican recipes, but here are a few of our favorites to try:
We love enchiladas! Our two favorite recipes are these Chicken, Black Bean, and Spinach Enchiladas and Chicken Enchiladas with Chile Gravy Enchilada Sauce. P.S. Make an extra pan and freeze your enchiladas next time you make them!
More Recipes for Fruity Drink
This Pineapple Cooler is so refreshing on a hot summer day and tastes great with your favorite taco recipe!
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of Fresh Strawberry Lemonade! It is so easy to make and the perfect way to use ripe strawberries during strawberry season.
This Raspberry Mango Sangria combines all the cheery and colorful tastes of summer into one beautiful drink with fresh fruit; it’s fresh, crisp and refreshing.
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe — and it couldn’t be more summery with its gorgeous bright pink color!
What other flavors would you combine in an agua fresca?
- 1-lb. fresh, ripe strawberries
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 4 tablespoons double strength simple syrup
- Hull and puree the strawberries, and then pass the puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
- Pouring some of the water through the last of the puree will help push everything through.
- Place the puree, water, lime juice and simple syrup in a blender and blend until frothy.
- Serve very cold over ice.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 51Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 10gProtein 1g
This recipe and photos were originally created by Tara Kuczykowski of Unsophisticook. The post has been edited to include additional information and clarity.