Agua de guayaba is a refreshing Mexican drink made with guava fruit, water, and sugar. This delicious and aromatic agua fresca is perfect to pair with your favorite Mexican foods or just to enjoy during the day.
The recipe comes out in just 10 minutes and is an amazing and healthier alternative to bottled and sugary store-bought drinks.
What is agua de guayaba?
The recipe enters in the category of aguas frescas, the Mexican popular drinks made with fruits, grains, and even flowers.
It requires only 3 ingredients and can be made in just a few minutes. The taste of agua de guayaba is slightly sweet and floral with some tropical notes of passion fruit and pineapple.
Aguas frescas are a popular drink from Mexico, you can find them almost anywhere like in stalls in the streets displayed in large glass dispensers, offered at the restaurants or at the ice cream parlors.
This type of drink is also something you will find almost at every house because they are also budget-friendly and a healthier choice for sodas or canned fruit juices, even it they contain sugar!
What is guayaba?
Guayaba, are a tropical fruit also known as guava. It grows worldwide and can be eaten raw or cooked and used to make sweet and savoury recipes.
This fruit have a round pear-like shape and the color varies depending on the type and the ripeness, from green to yellow on the outside, to cream or pink on the inside.
In Mexico you can find guayabas from late September up to late March so they are considered a winter fruit and one of the most used for Christmas recipes such as Ponche Navideño.
As a side note, Calvillo, a small town located in the state of Aguascalientes is famous for its local production of guayabas and their Guava Fair, held during the first week of December.
Most important, guayabas are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber, making them perfect to include in your diet and to try the different recipes you can prepare with this amazing fruit, such as atole de guayaba.
Where to buy guayabas?
If you live in a tropical country, chances are that you have guavas available at some point of the year. Otherwise, look for Latin or Asian markets and food stores.
The Step by Step Recipe
Wash thoroughly each fruit under cold water. Cut the end where the flower was attached and then cut each guava in half.
Place guayabas in a blender, then add two cups of water and one cup of sugar. Use all the fruit, don’t peel or remove the seeds.
Set to high speed and blend until the fruit is perfectly pureed. It can take from 2 to 4 minutes depending in your blending power.
Next, remove the seeds by using a strainer and pouring the guava mixture into a large pitcher. You can use a spoon or a spatula to help the mixture go through.
Now, add the remaining water, mix well, and then adjust the sugar to taste. Add some cubed ice on glasses, fill with your guava drink and enjoy!
Useful Notes and Tips
- Less sugar. Choose guavas that are nicely ripe because they are best and taste sweetest when they are very soft.
- Make it healthier. If you want to benefit with all the fruit’s fiber, scoop up the seeds, blend guavas and add them without straining to the pitcher.
- Mix other flavors. Guavas combine perfect with other tropical fruits, so you can blend in some mango, papaya, or pineapple.
- Garnish your agua de guayaba with some sliced or diced fruit.
- Use frozen guavas if you can’t find fresh ones where you live.
How To Pair
As other types of agua fresca, agua de guayaba can be enjoyed just to quench your thirst any time of the day, but they are also the perfect pairing for many Mexican foods. Here’s our recommendation for serving this drink with:
- Tostadas de camarón. Crispy tortillas topped with shrimp and vegetables and drizzled with chipotle salsa.
- Quesadillas Fritas. Fried masa quesadillas with various fillings.
- Pescadillas. Crispy tacos stuffed with tuna and vegetables.
- Tostilocos. Chips, fruits, and candies; all drizzled with salsa. The perfect party snack!
- Tortitas de papa. Potato cakes with tomato sauce.
- Baked enchiladas. Made with chicken and creamy chipotle salsa.
Agua de guayaba stores nicely in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want to store in the freeze, I recommend to make the guava mixture and transfer to small containers or into ice trays, then freeze for up to 3 months.
Next time you’d like to enjoy this guava drink, thaw the mixture and proceed with the recipe as suggested.
Watch How To Make It
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Agua de Guayaba
- 10 fresh guavas (about 1 lb in total)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 13 cups water
- Wash guayabas under cold water.
- Cut the end where the flower was attached and then cut each guava in half.
- Place guayabas in a blender, then add two cups of water and the sugar sugar.
- Blend until perfectly pureed.
- Strain the guava mixture into a large pitcher.
- Add the remaining water, mix well, and then adjust the sugar to taste.
- Serve in glasses with ice.
Guayaba vs Guava
There’s no difference between those two, besides from the name which are interchangeable depending on the country.
Can I make this recipe with frozen guavas?
Yes you can! You don’t even need to thaw the fruit, just throw it into the blender with water and sugar.
Can I make it sugar-free?
Absolutely! You will enjoy a fruity and healthy version of this guava drink.
How to choose a ripe guava?
A ripe guava will be very soft when you lightly squeeze it and it should have a strong scent even if you just take it with your hands without getting it near to your nose.
Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.