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Strawberry Agua Fresca (Easy Fruit Water Recipe)

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If you have not tried this strawberry agua fresca recipe, you need to soon! It is a popular fun drink served all over Mexico, and very popular for summer months and of course, Cinco de Mayo! A refreshing strawberry pureed water that is sweet, slightly tart from lime juice, and so refreshing. This agua fresca is a must-try drink.

Strawberry Agua Fresca in a tall glass garnished with lime slices and mint sprigs.

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If you are planning to host a summer cookout or want a hydrating, refreshing drink after a day in the sun, this agua fresca recipe with strawberries is one of my favorites. It is also the perfect way to use up fresh strawberries.

Want more delicious strawberry recipes to try out?  If you still have some strawberries left, why not try making an adults-only frozen strawberry margarita with them? Or for a different type of treat, make some chocolate covered strawberries.

Make sure to check out my lemonade slush or my fresh strawberry tea for more sweet drinks. Both are so great for the warmer months of the year.

Why This Recipe Works

  • A refreshing and hydrating fruity drink that will keep you hydrated on those long, hot summer days.
  • Made with simple ingredients you might already have on hand in your kitchen.
  • This recipe is highly versatile in ingredients you use, so just know the flavor options are truly endless.
  • This agua recipe is great for parties, potlucks, and more. It easily serves a crowd.
  • Kid-friendly and adult-approved. All ages will love this sweet water-based drink.

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua means fresh water in Spain, so you will find this is a freshwater drink. Meaning aguas frescas is made with fresh cold water and strawberries. You blend up the berries so it makes the perfect sippable drink. Now some call this aqua fresca as well, so depending on where you live it can be called slightly different names.

What’s in This Strawberry Agua Fresca Recipe?

Sugar, mint, lime, water, and strawberries sitting on a white countertop.
  • Water – Filtered water is best, as it will make sure to give your water that pure and fresh flavor.
  • Strawberries – I do recommend using fresh and ripe strawberries for this delicious drink recipe.
  • Sugar – The sweetening agent for this tasty drink!
  • Lime Slices and Mint Leaves– These two are optional, but trust me when I say they truly enhance the flavor of the strawberry agua tremendously.

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

Substitutions and Variations

  • Swap whole strawberries with raspberries, other berries, or other favorite fruit. Or do a mix of berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
  • Add some watermelon for a great addition to the mixture.
  • You can use frozen strawberries, but the flavor isn’t quite as fresh as it is when you use fresh berries.
  • Use less or more sugar for your preferred sweetness to the drink.
  • If you don’t want to use granulated sugar for a great alternative, try honey or a sugar-free sweetener of choice.
  • Using a high-powered blender is key, as it is going to really break down the fruit.
  • If you do not want the seeds, strain the drink before you go and serve it up through a fine mesh strainer.
  • You can leave out the mint and swap it with basil or just drink without any herbs.

How to Make Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca (step-by-step directions)

Collage of making strawberry agua fresca by adding ingredients to a blender.
  1. Grab a blender. Add water, sugar, and strawberries to the blender. (Photos 1 & 2)
  2. Blend for about one minute or until strawberries are fully pureed.
Collage of strawberry agua fresca poured into glass.
  1. Pour mixture into tall glasses. Garnish each glass with a fresh lime wedge and mint sprigs. (Photos 3 & 4)
  2. Enjoy immediately.
Two Strawberry Agua Fresca garnished with lime slices and mint sprigs.

Recipe Tips

  • Use cold water: Starting with cold water will ensure the agua fresca is refreshing right from the blender without needing to be chilled further.
  • Adjust sweetness to taste: Begin with the recommended amount of sugar, then taste and adjust. Remember, the ripeness of your strawberries will affect the sweetness.
  • Experiment with citrus: While fresh lime juice is traditional, try lemon or even orange juice for a different twist.
  • Serve with ice: For an extra cool drink, serve your agua fresca over ice cubes.
  • Garnish options: Beyond lime and mint, consider garnishing with sliced strawberries or even a pinch of chili powder for contrast.
  • Blend well: Ensure the mixture is completely smooth for the best texture. If your blender isn’t very powerful, you may need to blend for a longer period.
  • Strain for smoothness (optional): For an even smoother drink, strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining bits of strawberry seeds or pulp.

Storing Tips 

If you do not drink all your agua fresca with strawberries, simply store it in a sealed container in the fridge. This will keep it fresh for up to 2-3 days. It is best served fresh over a glass of ice. But if you do not drink it, just place it in a large pitcher. Give it a stir before you pour it, as it can settle out a bit.

You can pour your remaining fresca into ice cube trays and freeze them for later if you want. I like to make ice cubes to use later to make spa water. The ice cubes can freeze for up to three months.

Strawberry Agua Fresca with a red and white straw and garnished with lime slices and mint sprigs.

Serving Suggestions

So this fresca strawberry water is one that can be used all year round. I do find that fresh, ripe strawberries will give you a great strawberry flavor, of course.

This great drink can be served with tasty appetizers like my pico de gallo or homemade guacamole and some tortilla chips. Or do a meal and try out my beef enchiladas. They are so addictive.

Recipe FAQs

Why is my agua fresca foamy?

The foam on top of your fresca is normal. It is caused by the fiber in the fresh fruit, so as you blend it, you will find it can develop a foamy texture. Just scoop it off the top or run it through a strainer. This will remove the foam if you don’t want it.

Are agua fresca healthy?

Overall, this is a healthy drink, except for the sugar. You can use less sugar to make it healthier if you would like. Or swap it with honey or a sweetening agent to make it less sugar-based.

Are agua frescas hydrating?

Yes, this drink is very hydrating for your body. It is just juicy fruits and water, so it’s a great item to keep on hand in your fridge on a hot day when you want to stay hydrated.

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Strawberry Agua Fresca garnished with lime slices and mint sprigs on a white table.
5 from 15 votes

Strawberry Agua Fresca (Easy Fruit Water Recipe)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yields 4 servings
Strawberry Agua Fresca is a delicious and refreshing Mexican based water. It is made with fresh strawberries, filtered water, and sugar. Sip and enjoy the flavors of this agua fresca.

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups (946 ⅓ ml) water
  • 2 cups (288 g) sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • lime slices optional
  • mint sprigs optional

Instructions

  • Grab a blender. Add water, sugar, and strawberries to the blender.
    4 cups water,2 cups sliced strawberries,½ cup sugar
  • Blend for about one minute or until strawberries are fully pureed.
  • Pour mixture into tall glasses. Garnish each glass with a fresh lime wedge and mint sprigs.
    lime slices,mint sprigs
  • Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Use cold water: Starting with cold water will ensure the agua fresca is refreshing right from the blender without needing to be chilled further.
  • Adjust sweetness to taste: Begin with the recommended amount of sugar, then taste and adjust. Remember, the ripeness of your strawberries will affect the sweetness.
  • Experiment with citrus: While fresh lime juice is traditional, try lemon or even orange juice for a different twist.
  • Serve with ice: For an extra cool drink, serve your agua fresca over ice cubes.
  • Garnish options: Beyond lime and mint, consider garnishing with sliced strawberries or even a pinch of chili powder for contrast.
  • Blend well: Ensure the mixture is completely smooth for the best texture. If your blender isn’t very powerful, you may need to blend for a longer period.
  • Strain for smoothness (optional): For an even smoother drink, strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining bits of strawberry seeds or pulp.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 119kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 30g (10%) Protein: 0.5g (1%) Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0.01g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g Sodium: 13mg (1%) Potassium: 111mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 28g (31%) Vitamin A: 9IU Vitamin C: 42mg (51%) Calcium: 19mg (2%) Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It’s been so hot and this strawberry agua fresca is simple, refreshing, and delicious way to quench our thirst. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this the next time I’m entertaining guests on a hot summer day! Adding the mint makes it taste so refreshing.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m totally drooling over this strawberry agua fresca! The combination of fresh strawberries and lime juice makes it an irresistible thirst-quencher. I can imagine enjoying this fruity goodness with some friends during a picnic or backyard barbecue.

  4. 5 stars
    OMG, this strawberry agua fresca is a total game-changer! I can practically taste the refreshing sweetness of the ripe strawberries just by looking at the pictures. It’s the perfect drink to cool down on a hot summer day.

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