Recipe for Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water)! Sweetened strawberries are blended with water for a light and refreshing summertime drink.
Agua Fresca is a group of flavored drinks popular throughout North America. They are especially perfect for cooling off during the hot summer days we have had lately. The varieties of Aguas Frescas are endless with options including fresh fruits, grains, flowers, tamarind, seeds, and/or herbs.
Today, I am sharing a recipe for one of my favorites- Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water). In this version, strawberries are tossed with sugar and a little water, then allowed to rest in the refrigerator for an hour or two (or up to overnight).
The mixture is pureed and strained before stirring with more water to create a light and refreshing drink.
I combined the strawberries with the sugar and 1/2 cup water and allowed them to macerate in the refrigerator for an hour or so before blending. This is completely optional. If you are short on time, other recipes simply blend the ingredients together before straining and mixing with the rest of the water. Adjust the amount of water added to taste depending on how thick/thin you want the drink.
After blending, I used a large spoon to move the strawberry puree around the fine-mesh sieve to strain as much juice as possible. You can also pour the water directly over the strawberry puree to help push the strawberry juice into the bowl.
Adjust the sugar as needed based on the sweetness of the strawberries. Refrigerate the Agua de Fresa for a couple of hours to chill or up to three days. Immediately before serving, add ice, lime wedges, sprigs of fresh mint, and/or even extra strawberry pieces for more flavor.
Want something a little more creamy? Mamá Maggie’s Kitchen has a recipe for Agua de Fresa with sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk!
Looking for more recipes with strawberries?
Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water) Recipe
Adapted from Demos la vuelta al día
Agua de Fresa (Mexican Strawberry Water)
- 1 pound fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 cups cold water divided
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mint
- Chopped strawberries
- Hull the strawberries, then cut them into quarters. Place in a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of the water. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours.
- Transfer strawberries to blender and puree until smooth. Place a large wire sieve over a large bowl and pour in pureed strawberries. Use a spoon to help push liquid through. Discard remaining seeds.
- Stir remaining 4 1/2 cups water into the strained strawberries. Adjust sweetness as desired. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Immediately before serving, add ice, lime wedges, fresh mint, and/or chopped strawberries if desired.