Agua de fresa & chia (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.

Agua de fresa (strawberry water) in two glasses 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 fruit, seeds, cereals and sometimes even flowers. They’re a hydrating and delicious alcohol-free beverages very typical in Mexico.

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

Despite having sugar, those drinks are still a healthier choice for canned fruit juices or sodas.

A close up of agua de fresa in a glass.

How To Make It

Place strawberries in a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend for one minute.

Blended strawberries and water on a blender.

Now, you can strain the mixture into a pitcher but I recommend to add 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 disolved. 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 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.

Two glasses with chia and strawberry agua fresca.

Make it creamy

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

Or you can also follow my strawberry horchata recipe, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Recipe notes

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher because it will dilute Agua de fresa and make it lost flavor. Add the ice to each glass individually.
  • Replace sugar with Stevia, honey or monkfruit for a more healthier version.
  • Try using very ripe strawberries 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 longer with water.
  • If you 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’ll need and drink it the same day. Fresh fruit go bad easily and is not a good idea storing this agua de fresa for more than two days.

But, if you got some leftover, just keep it in the fridge and cover it to prevent 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
TOTAL 25 minutes
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Servings: 8

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 lost flavor. Add the ice to each glass individually.
  • Replace sugar with Stevia, honey or monkfruit for a more healthier version.
  • Try using very ripe strawberries 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 longer with 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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