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Pineapple Aqua Fresca Recipe (Mexican Style Drink)

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Craving a refreshing drink for the hot summer months? If so this three ingredient agua de pina is a must make. You also might know this as a pineapple aqua fresca. Fresh pineapple, water, and some sugar are all it takes to make this popular drink.

Pineapple drink with pineapple wedge on the side of the glass with two straws.

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Pineapple water is not only delicious, but it is going to hydrate you and help keep you going on these hot summer days. Kids and adults will devour this pineapple drink.

Now if you love pineapple make sure to check out my pina colada. You can make it frozen with or without alcohol! Or snack on these pineapple gummies that are made from scratch.

Want to make more flavored water drinks? You could try the classic watermelon aqua fresca or go for a fresh strawberry agua fresca drink instead.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simplicity at Its Best: This pineapple aqua fresca recipe harnesses the power of minimal ingredients to create a refreshing summer drink that’s both easy to make and deliciously refreshing, making it perfect for any hot day or gathering.
  • Natural Hydration: Pineapple’s natural juiciness contributes to this tasty drink’s hydrating qualities, ensuring you stay refreshed and hydrated during summer.
  • Versatile for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a casual family BBQ or a formal summer event, this pineapple aqua fresca is a delicious way to enjoy summer and appeals to both kids and adults.
  • Customizable to Taste: The basic recipe is a canvas for your creativity. You can adjust the sweetness or add complementary flavors such as mint or ginger, making every batch uniquely yours.

What Is Agua De Piña?

Agua de Pina is Mexican water made with pineapple, filtered water, and sugar. Some now have alcohol, and others are just simple flavored water.

Depending on how it is made, agua de pina can be served chilled or even frozen. The flavors can also vary.

What’s in This Pineapple Aqua Fresca Recipe?

Water, sugar, and Pineapple sitting on a white countertop.
  • Pineapple – Reach for fresh ripe pineapple that you cut off the rind and dice into cubes for the blender. You can slice a few wedges to garnish your glasses if you want for serving.
  • Water – I recommend using filtered, fresh water to provide the best flavor.
  • Sugar—The sugar will bring out the pineapple’s natural flavors. You can use a little or more to adjust to your liking.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Sweetener Options: For a lower-calorie option, consider using honey, agave syrup, or a sugar substitute like stevia instead of regular sugar. Adjust to taste as these sweeteners vary in sweetness intensity.
  • Sparkling Water: For a fizzy twist, use sparkling water instead of still water. This adds a refreshing effervescence that’s especially enjoyable on warm days.
  • Adding Herbs: Mint or basil can be a delightful addition, bringing a fresh aroma and slightly complex flavor that pairs wonderfully with pineapple’s natural sweetness.
  • Citrus Twist: Squeeze in some fresh lime juice or lemon juice for a citrusy kick. This can enhance the tropical flavors and add a refreshing tang.
  • Mixing Fruits: Combine sweet pineapple with other fresh fruit such as mango, cucumber, or berries for a multi-layered flavor profile. These can be blended together or added as slices for garnish.
  • Alcoholic Version: Mix in a splash of rum or tequila to transform this into an adult beverage. The spirit’s warmth complements the cool, fruity essence, making it the perfect drink for summer parties.

How to Make Pineapple Agua Fresca (step-by-step directions)

Pineapple, water, and sugar are added to a blender.
  1. Start by pouring all the filtered water into your blender.
  2. Add the diced juicy pineapple to the blender with the water. (Photo 1)
  3. Incorporate the sugar according to your preference for sweetness. (Photo 2)
  4. Blend all the ingredients on high speed until the mixture is completely smooth and the pineapple has been fully liquified. This usually takes a few minutes. (Photo 3)
  5. Once blended, serve the agua fresca over ice in glasses. (Photo 4)
  6. Optional: Garnish glasses with pineapple wedges for a decorative and flavorful touch.
Overhead view of pineapple drink sitting on a white countertop.

Recipe Tips

  • Canned or frozen pineapple (thawed) can work instead of fresh. You can also use the juice for added sweetness.
  • Fresh pineapple will offer the best flavor.
  • Make sure you use a high-powered blender, or you will find that it might not blend up as it should.
  • You can use a little sugar or add the full 1/4 cup. It is up to you how sweet you want your water.
  • Feel free to swap the granulated sugar with honey, agave, or a sugar substitute.
  • This pineapple water is best made fresh and served right after mixing up.
  • Serve plain or add to a glass of ice cubes. I find the ice really helps create more flavor.

Storing Tips 

If you have leftover juice, store it in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Give it a good stir before you go, and pour it into a glass. The mixture will separate as it sits in the fridge.

Pineapple drink in a mason glass with yellow and green straws garnished with pineapple wedges.

Serving Suggestions

Consider serving pineapple salsa on the side as you sip your sweet drink. This pineapple water is also great with salmon, so you could whip up my popular bacon wrapped salmon to go along with it. Then, serve a vegetable side dish or even rice.

You will find this agua de pina can be served as a treat to break up the day, to pair with dinner, or for a pool party bash.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make pineapple aqua fresca in advance?

You can make it a day in advance if you want. Stir well or mix it in the blender before pouring it for yourself or your friends.

Can I adjust the sweetness of pineapple aqua fresca?

Use less sugar to create a milder, less sweet flavor. If you want it to be a bit sweeter, add 1/4 cup sugar or more if needed. Feel free to play around with the amount of sugar used.

Is pineapple aqua fresca healthy?

This is a relatively healthy recipe; you just need to factor in the sugar. You can use less sugar to make it a better, delightful drink. The pineapple is full of vitamins and enzymes that are beneficial for digestion.

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Close up of Pineapple drink in a mason glass garnished with pineapple wedge.
5 from 6 votes

Pineapple Aqua Fresca Recipe (Mexican Style Drink)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yields 32 ounces
Agua De Pina is a pineapple aqua fresca recipe is one of my favorites for the summer months. This is made with fresh pineapple, water, and sugar. Give it a try this week for a hydrating drink.

Ingredients 

  • 2 Cups (330 g) Chopped Pineapple
  • 1 Cup (236 ⅗ ml) Water
  • ¼ Cup (50 g) White Granulated Sugar
  • Pineapple Wedges optional

Instructions

  • Start by pouring all the filtered water into your blender.
    1 Cup Water
  • Add the diced juicy pineapple to the blender with the water.
    2 Cups Chopped Pineapple
  • Incorporate the sugar according to your preference for sweetness.
    ¼ Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • Blend all the ingredients on high speed until the mixture is completely smooth and the pineapple has been fully liquified. This usually takes a few minutes.
  • Once blended, serve the agua fresca over ice in glasses.
  • Optional: Garnish glasses with pineapple wedges for a decorative and flavorful touch.
    Pineapple Wedges

Notes

  • Canned or frozen pineapple (thawed) can work instead of fresh. You can also use the juice for added sweetness.
  • Fresh pineapple will offer the best flavor.
  • Make sure you use a high-powered blender, or you will find that it might not blend up as it should.
  • You can use a little sugar or add the full 1/4 cup. It is up to you how sweet you want your water.
  • Feel free to swap the granulated sugar with honey, agave, or a sugar substitute.
  • This pineapple water is best made fresh and served right after mixing up.
  • Serve plain or add to a glass of ice cubes. I find the ice really helps create more flavor.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 Calories: 15kcal (1%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 0.1g Fat: 0.02g Saturated Fat: 0.001g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 18mg (1%) Fiber: 0.2g (1%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 7IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 3mg Iron: 0.04mg

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We always have fresh pineapples at my household. I made this and my family enjoyed it! It was super easy to make too.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve always been a fan of fruity drinks, and this Agua de Piña recipe exceeded all my expectations. It’s incredibly refreshing and the natural sweetness of the pineapple makes it a guilt-free indulgence.

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a refreshing and delightful drink! The simplicity of the ingredients combined with the natural sweetness of the pineapple creates a perfect balance of flavors.

  4. 5 stars
    This Agua De Pina was such a refreshing drink to enjoy on the patio last night. It was quick to make and the kids have already asked I serve it again.

  5. 5 stars
    This was such a sweet and refreshing drink that does not disappoint! So easy and fresh; the best way to cool down on a hot summer day, indeed!

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