Homemade Mango Agua Fresca – Refreshing and Easy

A refreshing and healthy way to stay cool this summer.

Agua Fresca Recipe

Agua fresca is definitely one of the best summer drinks out there. It is refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. There are tons of different ways to make agua fresca, too. You’ll never grow tired of this fresh juice because you can always tweak the recipe a little bit, making it new and exciting all over again!

Today we are focusing on the delicious mango agua fresca. It is classic, tasty, and will only take you 5 minutes to make. It’s a recipe that you must try. Just a warning- you may be quickly addicted to this refreshing, fruity drink.

Homemade Mango Agua Fresca

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua fresca translates to mean “fresh water”. It is aptly names as agua fresca is any non alcoholic beverage made from the juice of a fruit, flower or seed. The fresh juice is blended or pressed and then water and sugar are typically mixed in to dilute and sweeten the puree.

Agua fresca is very popular in Mexico and central America. A big glass of agua fresca is a great way to stay cool in the hot summer sun. Drinking refreshing flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated!

Types of Agua Fresca

There are many different kinds of agua fresca. In fact, you can make agua fresca out of almost anything! Any fruit juice and be made into agua fresca and almost any herb, spice or flower can be steeped in water to add flavor. Here are a few of the most common kinds of agua fresca:

  • Tamarind
  • Hibiscus
  • Horchata
  • Watermelon
  • Chia seed
  • Lime
  • Cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Peach
  • Coconut
  • Mint
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Blackberry

We told you there were a lot of options! And that list could go on and on. Anywhere you visit in Central America will have their own version of agua fresca.

How to Make Mango Agua Fresca at Home

Today we want to tell you all about mango agua fresca. The main ingredient in mango agua fresca is mango! Fresh mango is chopped and pureed into a smooth, powerful juice. The mango juice is strained to remove any pulp and make the texture of the juice perfectly smooth.

To brighten the flavor of the mango, fresh lime juice is mixed in. This helps balance the sweetness of the juice with a little acidity. Mango lime agua fresca is incredibly delicious!

Water is mixed into the juice to lighten it a little. Pure mango juice is very sweet and thick. Water helps make the juice more palatable and more like “agua fresca” rather than just mango juice.

We add agave to our agua fresca de mango to enhance the sweetness of the fruit in a natural way. You can skip the agave or use honey instead. Give the mango agua fresca a sip and see if it needs to be sweeter or if it is just right!

Mango Agua Fresca Ideas

While we love our mango lime agua fresca just as it is, there are a few things you can add in to make it even better. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give the agua fresca some spice
  2. Add a splash of vanilla extract to make the drink richer
  3. Freeze the agua fresca in an ice cube tray and then blend the cubes to make a slushy
  4. Add another fruit like pineapple, watermelon, honeydew or coconut to add more complexity to the drink

No matter what you add in to our mango agua fresca recipe, we know you are going to love this drink. It is non alcoholic, totally refreshing and a beverage you can sip anytime of day. Time to go make a batch now! Enjoy.

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

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  • 3 whole mangos

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

  • 2 Tbsp agave


  • Peel and cut the mangos. Place the mango chunks into a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Pour the mango through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Press the pulp into the strainer, extracting as much juice as possible.
  • Add the lime juice and agave to the bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the water and whisk again.
  • Pour the juice into a large pitcher and serve over ice, chilled or simply store the juice in the fridge to enjoy later one.

Tips and Tricks

  • • Use frozen, pre-peeled mango to make the recipe even easier.
    • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice
  • Tools:
    • Blender
    • Trainer
    • Bowl
    • Whisk
    • Measuring cup
    • Tablespoon
  • Area of ​​Use:
    Summer drink, garden party, kids party, afternoon drink, cocktail hour, baby shower, breakfast, lunch

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Strawberry Agua Fresca (Strawberry Water) Recipe


Are you looking for a refreshing drink? This Mexican strawberry water is for you. Agua frescas are a light fruity drink popular in Mexico and if you translate the Spanish into English its name means ‘fresh water’.

A tangy mix of sweet strawberry and sour lime, this strawberry fresca drink is perfect over ice.

2 tall glasses of pink strawberry agua fresca garnished with a lime wheel, strawberry and sprig of mint on a white background

This strawberry mocktail recipe is perfect for the whole family. Which makes it an excellent mocktail for kids.

This strawberry agua drink ticks all the boxes. It’s:

  • Easy: It doesn’t come much easier than this recipe. Simply mix, blend, strain, chill and serve.

Hint: serve over ice to keep your strawberry fresca cooler for longer.

  • It’s great for entertaining: This refreshing fruit water is a cost-effective way to take advantage of the strawberry season. Make it in advance, so you’re free to enjoy yourself.
  • Low in sugar: sweeten this recipe with monkfruit for a lower sugar alternative. Monkfruit sweetener is an all-natural sweetener with zero net carbs. Note: You can use regular sugar or another sweetener if you prefer. Just be mindful of the sugar content.
  • Perfect to make ahead of time: Serve your agua fresca strawberry mocktail fresh over ice or keep it chilled in the fridge. Make sure to give it a quick stir before serving to mix the ingredients.


Agua fresca is a light fruit drink popular in Mexico. Traditionally it is a mix of fruit, water, sugar, and a little lime juice. Made with various fruits, strawberry agua is the most common and popular variation.

Best of all, authentic strawberry agua fresca is alcohol free. There are no adaptations or omissions needed to whip up this easy drink!

If you love all things strawberry, be sure to check out my virgin strawberry daiquiri margaritas which are always a hit. Or, if you prefer a citrus tang, my strawberry lemonade is for you.


This recipe calls for fresh everyday ingredients that come together to make the perfect summer sip.

written list with pictures of ingredients for strawberry fresca including strawberries water mint lime and sugar.

Fresh strawberries: There’s nothing better than fresh strawberries straight from the punnet. If you can only get your hands on frozen strawberries, always thaw them before adding.

Slice your strawberries before macerating them in the sugar water mixture for a sweet and smooth result.

Sugar, or monkfruit sweetener: maceration (soaking fruit in sugar water) is essential to soften the strawberries. It will turn even less than perfect berries into something worthy of your fresca.

Cane sugar is the most common choice, but monkfruit sweetener works well for a low sugar option.

Lime juice: since fresca literally means fresh, I will advocate that you use fresh lime in this recipe. Of course, a fresca in the hand is better than no fresca at all. If you can’t get your hands on fresh lime, bottled will also work!

Mint to garnish: a simple garnish for a deliciously simple drink. A spring of mint, freshly halved strawberries and a lime wheel make this fresca look as good as it tastes.


If you prefer your agua fresca strawberry mocktail on the sweeter side, this recipe works well without the lime. Alternatively, adjust the quantity to your taste.

For a low sugar option, simply swap the sugar out with monkfruit sweetener to enjoy a refined sugar-free fresca.

2 tall glasses of strawberry water garnished with strawberry and lime with fresh strawberries, lime wedges and ice scattered around on a white background


Mix sliced ​​strawberries, sugar (or monkfruit sweetener) and 1 cup of water together in a medium bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge for 4 hours.

Stir well, then pour the strawberry mixture into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Strain through a wire mesh strainer over a jug or bowl. Add the remaining water and stir to combine.

Chill in the fridge until ready to serve or serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lime wheels and mint.

steps 1 to 6 of how to make strawberry fresca

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Frozen strawberries are a great option when fresh strawberries are out of season. Allow them to fully thaw before use.

Can I use carbonated water?

True agua frescas are not carbonated. They are designed to be thirst quenchers rather than sweet treats. Stick to flat water to keep it authentic.

I don’t have monkfruit sweetener. What can I use?

Agave nectar is the traditional sweetener for agua fresca.
Alternatively, you can use Stevia or coconut sugar. Refer to the instructions on the pack for conversion amounts.

Is agua fresca good for you?

Drinking agua fresca is a great way to stay hydrated on a warm day. You can also lower the sugar content by using monkfruit sweetener.
Additionally, fresh strawberries are a fantastic source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Straining may lower the nutritional value of the strawberries however most of the goodness is still retained.

Can I make strawberry agua fresca in advance?

Yes! This recipe tastes best when the fruit is given time to steep. You can make this recipe a day or two in advance. Simply store the blended fruit mixture in an airtight container in the fridge. Add the additional chilled water once you are ready to serve.

I hope you love this tangy strawberry agua fresca recipe just as much as I do!

2 tall glasses of pink strawberry agua fresca garnished with a lime wheel, strawberry and sprig of mint on a white background

Strawberry Agua Fresca

An easy, refreshing strawberry agua fresca recipe. This strawberry water is hydrating and delicious.


Course: Drinks

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: fresca drink, strawberry agua fresca, strawberry fresca, strawberry water

Prep time: 5 minutes

Chilling time: 3 hours

Servings: 4


  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar, or alternative See notes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lime sliced for garnish
  • Few sprigs of mint for garnish


  • Mix sliced ​​strawberries, sugar (or monkfruit sweetener) and 1 cup of water together in a medium bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge for 4 hours.

  • Stir well, then pour the strawberry mixture into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

  • Strain through a wire mesh strainer over a jug or bowl. Add the remaining water and stir to combine.

  • Chill in the fridge until ready to serve or serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lime wheels and mint.


Use monkfruit sweetener in place of the sugar for a lower carb drink.


Serving: 250g | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 179mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg