A refreshing and healthy way to stay cool this summer.
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.
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:
- Chia seed
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:
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give the agua fresca some spice
- Add a splash of vanilla extract to make the drink richer
- Freeze the agua fresca in an ice cube tray and then blend the cubes to make a slushy
- 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.