Agua fresca: Mexican refreshment for a summer day

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The sparrows are falling from the roof, but you don’t want to indulge in a carafe of mint or cucumber water again. We get it. That is why we introduce the agua fresca : Mexican drinks that immediately provide cooling. We love the agua fresca . Not only because the drinks offer instant  cooling, but especially because they are so easy to make and you can use them in all directions. vamos! 

The first agua fresca large users

For a lesson in agua fresca (literally translated: fresh water) history we go back in time. In the 15th century, the Aztecs traveled from Tenochtitlán along various waters and picked fruit on the routes. They let these fruits pull or mashed them with some water and ice from the Popocatépetl volcano into a delicious drink. The agua fresca avant la lettre. 

Over the years, the agua fresca became better known in Mexico and the drink was prepared with different fruits, grains or flowers. At one point, the agua fresca was even more popular in Mexico than the well-known soft drinks. That has been toned down a bit at the moment, but you can still find the agua fresca stalls on every street corner.

Different types of aguas frescas

The aguas (plural) are made from different fruits, flowers, seeds and grains and you can actually divide them into three different types of aguas. The aguas frescas where you juice the fruit ( limes , lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits) and the aguas frescas where you puree the fruit (melon, pineapple, agave and other firm fruits) or grains in the blender. And finally the aguas frescas where you first boil the product (usually flowers of, for example, the hibiscus) into a syrup and then finish the agua fresca with extras.

Make your own agua fresca

Making an agua fresca is super easy and delicious. We love that!

Agua fresca from pressed fruit

If you want to make the Mexican thirst quencher from pressed fruit, you can actually add anything you want. Of course there are combinations that do better than others, but let your creativity run wild.

We stay with  never change a winning team  and in the summer we always enjoy an agua fresca with pressed watermelon, lime and a spoonful of chia seeds. If we’re in a wild mood, we also add some mint and go for a spicy  finishing touch: tajin powder around the rim of our glass!

Pureed grain agua fresca

Do you want an agua fresca that looks a bit more like (thick) juice? Then it’s a good idea to puree your fruit in the blender before you drink it. Our favorite? With dot on one the agua de horchata, with rice milk. Do not confuse this with the Spanish variant with tiger nut milk, because then you will come home from a cold fair.

For the agua fresca de horchata we put rice in a bowl with a cinnamon stick. We let this soak for about two hours, after which it can go into the blender. Not only, we make it delicious with condensed milk and a little vanilla. Blend on the highest setting so that the rice is well ground and then serve with lots of ice cubes so that your agua de horchata remains ice cold. Then it’s the tastiest.

Agua fresca from boiled syrup

In addition to the blended and pressed fruit aguas, there are also the aguas frescas for which we first make a syrup. For this we are happy to stir our pan for a while, because the agua de jamaica is really delicious. We make these from boiled hibiscus flowers with sugar.

For this we put the hibiscus flowers in a pan with water. When it comes to a boil, we turn the heat down and add sugar. Let this simmer for 10 to 20 minutes (until the syrup thickens) and then cool until it has really cooled down. No rush, mañana mañana. When the syrup has cooled, we strain it, add water and some ice cubes. Optionally, you can garnish the glass with a beautiful hibiscus flower for an extra  fancy vibe. 

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