Agua de fresa & chia (strawberry water)

Agua de fresa is a light and refreshing Mexican drink perfect to pair with any meal or to serve as a fun family drink to enjoy in the afternoon. A fantastic way to stay hydrated and cool during those warm days of the year!

Agua de fresa (strawberry water) in two glasses, some fresh strawberries around and a pitcher behind.

Aguas frescas (fresca drinks)

Agua de fresa is a fresh beverage made with blended strawberries mixed with water and sugar. It’s part of the large repertoire of aguas frescas offered in Mexico.

Aguas frescas are made with fruits, seeds, cereals, and sometimes even flowers. They are hydrating and delicious soft beverages very typical in Mexico.

Despite having sugar, those drinks are still a healthier choice for canned fruit juices or sodas and are perfect to serve to your family with any type of meal or snack.

A close up of agua de fresa in a glass.

All around the country you will find stands displaying large jugs with various flavors of agua fresca. My favorites are agua de piña (pineapple water), agua de sandía (watermelon), and agua de chia.

The ingredients

Our super easy recipe uses only four ingredients (yes, 4!) to make this refreshing drink, let me tell you which ones:

  • Strawberries: You can make this recipe using fresh or frozen strawberries. This fruit adds a natural sweet taste too, so you won’t need to add too much sugar.
  • Chia seeds: For some chewy texture, those seeds are also healthy and adds lots of nutrients to this drink. Don’t forget to read the recipe notes to know how to add them.
  • Sweetener: I used white sugar in this recipe but any sweetener works just fine, for a healthier option try Stevia, Monk fruit or even honey.
  • Water: Add as much as the recipe ask for it, aguas frescas are light, if you add less water you’ll end with some sort of fruit juice instead.
A collage with two photos, one of strawberries on a wooden surface and other with chia seeds on a spoon.

Now that you know something about the ingredients, let’s see how to make this delicious Mexican strawberry water drink!

How To Make Agua de Fresa

Start by washing thoroughly your berries. If you using frozen strawberries you can skip this step.

Next, place strawberries in a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend for one minute or until perfectly pureed.

Blended strawberries and water on a blender.

Now, you can strain the mixture into a pitcher but I recommend adding it just as it is, to fully take advantage of the fruit fiber.

Pour in the remaining water and then add sugar mixing until is dissolved. You can adjust with more sugar later, even though the less sugar, the better. Or you can also use stevia or honey instead of regular sugar for a healthier version.

Adding sugar to the pitcher with blended strawberries.

Now, slowly and while mixing, add the chia seeds. If you add them in one go and without mixing, you’ll end with lumps.

Place the pitcher in the fridge for 2 hours. Or, if you want to serve it right away, just allow resting for about 15 minutes so the chia seeds can hydrate.

Serve your freshly made drink in glasses with crushed ice and enjoy!

Two glasses with chia and strawberry agua fresca.

Make it creamy

You can make this Mexican strawberry water in a creamy version by replacing 3 cups of water with a can of evaporated milk + 1 cup of regular milk.

I love making this version for the kids as they love it, especially for cooling off in summer!

Recipe notes and tips

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher because it will dilute Agua de fresa and make it lose a bit of its flavor. Instead, add the ice to each glass individually, as suggested in the recipe.
  • Replace sugar with Stevia, honey, or monk fruit for a healthier version.
  • Try using the ripest strawberries you can find as they are sweeter and you won’t need so much sugar.
  • You can also make this Agua de fresa using frozen strawberries, don’t need to thaw them though, just blend them a little bit longer with the water.
  • If you are concerned about how to wash strawberries, read this article about how to properly clean strawberries.

How To Store

I recommend making only the quantity you will need and drink it the same day. Fresh fruit goes bad easily and is not a good idea to store this agua de fresa for more than two days.

But, if you got some leftovers just keep them in the fridge and cover to prevent them from absorbing bad smells.

Agua de fresa (strawberry water) with chia seeds.

Agua de fresa (strawberry water)

Agua de fresa is a light and refreshing drink for warm days. Enjoy it with any meal or serve it as a fun family drink to enjoy in the afternoon. A fantastic way to stay hydrated and cool during summer.
PREP 10 minutes
resting 15 minutes
TOTAL 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 8
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries (hulled and quartered)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  • Place strawberries in a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend for one minute.
  • Pour the mixture into a pitcher (you can also strain it)
  • Pour in the remaining water and then add sugar mixing until is disolved.
  • Now, slowly and while mixing, add the chia seeds.
  • Place the pitcher in fridge for 2 hours. Or, if you want to serve it right away, just allow to rest for about 15 minutes so the chia seeds can hydrate.
  • Serve in glasses with crushed ice.

NOTES

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher because it will dilute Agua de fresa and make it lose a bit of its flavor.
  • Replace sugar with Stevia, honey, or monk fruit for a healthier version.
  • Try using the ripest strawberries you can find as they are sweeter and you won’t need so much sugar.
  • You can also make this Agua de fresa using frozen strawberries, don’t need to thaw them though, just blend them a little bit longer with the water.
Nutrition
Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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