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How To Make Pineapple Agua Fresca at Home

Pineapple agua fresca is the perfect refresher after a long day. Juicy pineapple is blended with sugar and water to create a sweet beverage—great for any time of year! It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

Two glasses of pineapple agua fresca.

Agua fresca, a Spanish term meaning “fresh water,” is a popular drink in Mexico. It is typically made by blending fresh fruit, water, and a bit of sweetener such as sugar or agave nectar. The result is a light, refreshing drink that highlights the fruit’s natural flavors. Common varieties include agua de piña (pineapple water), agua de jamaica (hibiscus water), and agua de sandía (watermelon water). Served cold, aguas frescas are a delightful way to stay hydrated and enjoy the vibrant tastes of fresh fruits, especially on hot days.

Pineapple is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. This drink provides a healthy dose of hydration and natural sugars, making it a great alternative to sugary soft drinks on a hot day. Let’s take a quick look at how to make this refreshing, delicious non-alcoholic drink, shall we?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ¼ granulated sugar
  • Pineapple wedges (optional)
Bowls filled with pineapple chunks, sugar, and water.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Sweeteners: Use honey, agave nectar, or coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar for a different flavor profile.
  • Coconut Water: Substitute water with coconut water for a tropical twist and additional hydration benefits.
  • Flavored Water: Add fresh lime juice or mint for extra flavor.

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients (except the garnish) in a high-speed blender and blend for about 1 minute or until there are no more pineapple chunks. Use a tamper if necessary.

2. Pour into glasses, top with a chunk of pineapple, and enjoy!

Two glasses of pineapple agua fresca.

Pineapple Agua Fresca

Pineapple Agua Fresca is a quick and easy drink made from fresh pineapple, water, and a bit of sugar. This lightly sweet, refreshing beverage is perfect for any time of the year.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 8-ounce glasses
Calories: 41kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pineapple chopped
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ¼ granulated sugar
  • Pineapple wedges optional

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except the garnish) in a high-speed blender and blend for about 1 minute or until there are no more pineapple chunks. Use a tamper if necessary.
  • Pour into glasses, top with a chunk of pineapple, and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is best if prepared right before serving. Serve over ice or chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Tips

  • Use Fresh Pineapple: For the best flavor, use fresh pineapple. While canned pineapple and juice can be used, the taste will be less vibrant.
  • Frozen Pineapple: If using frozen pineapple, it’s best to thaw it first. You may need to adjust the amount of ice or liquid to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Blender Strength: If your blender isn’t strong enough, using a tamper can help achieve a smoother blend.
  • Serve Fresh: This recipe is best when prepared right before serving. Serve over ice or chilled for a refreshing summer drink.

Storage Information

  • Refrigeration: Pineapple Agua Fresca is best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Stir or shake well before serving.
  • Freezing: While not ideal, you can freeze the agua fresca in ice cube trays and blend the cubes with water or more pineapple juice when ready to serve.
Woman holding a Mason jar of pineapple agua fresca garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Ways to Use Pineapple Agua Fresca

  • Refreshing Drink: Enjoy it as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.
  • Fruit Juice: Serve it as a fruit juice option at breakfast or brunch.
  • Mocktails: Use it as a base for non-alcoholic mocktails by adding fresh lime juice and mint.
  • Ice Cubes: Freeze it into ice cubes to add a fruity flavor to other beverages.

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