What drink do you crave when you’re seriously thirsty? Although water is always a good go-to refresher, sometimes it’s nice to have something else. I love this pineapple agua fresca recipe because it’s so refreshing and tasty! This summer drink with pineapple is always a favourite. If you are looking for a refreshing drink recipe or a non-alcoholic drink recipe, this is one to try!
It’s a much-loved Mexican beverage recipe which is alcohol-free and made with fresh fruit. This non-alcoholic drink recipe is goes with any meal and is great any time of the day.
What is Agua Fresca Anyway?
Agua fresca is the Spanish name. Agua means water and fresca means fresh or cool. Fruits, flowers, seeds, cereals, water, and sugar are typical ingredients in such a drink. Hibiscus, tamarind and horchata are common flavours in an agua fresca recipe.
I love to make this summer drink with pineapple though. It’s such a tasty fruit!
In Mexico, street vendors have their own agua fresca recipe ideas and you can buy various flavours from them. You can also order them in restaurants, juice bars and find them in Mexican convenience stores.
Popular sweet flavours include strawberry, mango, passion fruit, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Popular non-sweet flavours include lemon, tamarind and lime. And then there are other types of agua fresca with chia seeds, cereals or even flowers like alfalfa or hibiscus. Once prepared, agua fresca is ladled into glasses.
How to Make the Best Pineapple Agua Fresca
For the freshest result you will want to use fresh pineapple in this recipe. You can prepare your own or buy fresh pineapple already in chunks. It tastes much better. I also like to use fresh lime juice in this refreshing drink recipe for the same reason.
Once you have the pineapple and lime in a blender, you can add water and then honey to taste. Maybe you don’t want honey in your pineapple agua fresca and that’s up to you. Either swap it for simple syrup or agave nectar or leave it out for a more tart take on the finished drink’s flavour. Just make this non-alcoholic drink recipe however you prefer.
The next step in this agua fresca recipe is to pulse all the ingredients in the blender. This summer drink with pineapple is best served smooth, so you can strain out the pineapple pulp with a sieve. All the pineapple flavour will remain in the drink. If you don’t have a sieve to hand, you can use the blender lid to remove most of the pulp from your pineapple agua fresca.
Serve this Mexican beverage recipe over ice if you like or just cold from the refrigerator. Garnish it with mint or basil if you like, and perhaps some fresh mint. If you have some fresh pineapple left, a chunk of that always makes a cute garnish. This is one of the most refreshing drink recipe ideas ever, and it’s so easy to make.
An agua fresca recipe will taste somewhere between water and juice, since it’s basically a combination of those. It’s lighter than fruit juice and very hydrating because of the high water content and the electrolytes from the fruit.
This Mexican beverage recipe is great to refresh you during hot summer days. It’s traditionally a non-alcoholic drink recipe. But if you wanted to liven it up with a splash of light rum or tequila, I won’t tell!
Is Pineapple Agua Fresca Like the Fresca Soda?
Fresca is made by Coca-Cola and comes in different flavours. It’s been around since the 1960s and is better known by the older generations. It’s somewhere between a flavoured water and a soda in taste. Fresca comes in citrus, black cherry citrus and peach citrus flavours. There are no calories or sugar in Fresca and it makes a nice mixer with alcohol.
This pineapple agua fresca recipe is similar to Fresca but there’s no comparison really since we are using fresh pineapple. And fresh fruit always wins! Whether or not you’ve tried or even heard of Fresca soda, you will love pineapple agua fresca. It’s quick and easy to prepare and such a refreshing drink recipe.
This Mexican thirst-quencher is a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants, thanks to the fruit. It’s also hydrating and delicious. From spring to fall in Mexico you will see street vendors with huge glass pitchers filled with agua fresca. This summer drink with pineapple or other fruits is also popular anywhere north of the border where there are Mexican populations.
Lime Pineapple Agua Fresca Recipe
Lime Pineapple Agua Fresca
- 5 Cups pineapple diced
- 5 1/2 Cups water
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/4 Cup honey
- Place all the ingredients into the glass of a blender and pulse until everything is well processed and smooth.
- Using a sieve, strain out the pulp of the pineapple leaving only the juice into a pitcher.
- Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
- Straining the pulp out results is a smoother agua fresca, you can either use a sieve or the lid of your blender.
- You can serve it over ice or just chilled from the refrigerator.
- It’s delicious garnished with mint, basil, lime slices or pineapple wedges.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
When making your own, use very ripe fruit because it is sweeter. In fact, this is a great way to use up fruit which is a day or so past its best.
So, cheers! Or as they say in Mexico, salud!
Let me know if you try to make this pineapple agua fresca recipe. This summer drink with pineapple is always a favourite. If you are looking for a refreshing drink recipe or a non-alcoholic drink recipe, this is one to try!