Agua de Mango | Easy 10 minutes drink!

Agua de mango is a sweet Mexican drink made with fresh fruit. This refreshing mango water is the perfect beverage for cooling down in summer and can be made in just 10 minutes!

Agua de mango, aka mango water in glasses with ice and a pitcher on the back.

What Is Agua de Mango?

Known with the name of mango water, agua fresca de mango, or just agua de mango, the recipe is a popular drink in Mexico and is part of the large repertoire of aguas frescas.

The recipe is made with just a few ingredients: Fresh mangos, lime juice, sweetener, and water. Everything blended and then dilute with more water and served with ice.

The aguas frescas are sweet beverages popular in Mexico where they can be found at ice cream parlours, street stands, and pretty much everywhere. They are also made on a daily basis at homes, because they are refreshing and budget-friendly when made with local produce.

The ingredients to make them are countless, from fresh fruits to seeds, cereals, and even vegetables.

Agua fresca de mango served in glasses with ice. Seen from above.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of those Mexican aguas frescas, being born and raised in that beautiful country, couldn’t be any other way!

My favorite flavor will always be lime and chia, but to be honest, I pretty much enjoy any fresca recipe!

Why You Should Make It

  • Is delicious. It has the right amount of mango flavor, sweetness and tanginess.
  • Perfect for summertime. Is so refreshing! even if you don’t add ice and just chill it for a bit in the fridge, it’s perfect to sip in a hot summer day.
  • Is a quick recipe. Really, you only need to peel and cut mangos, blend them, and mix with more water in a pitcher. All will take you max 10 minutes!
  • Healthy. It contains fresh fruit packed with vitamins, and even adding some sugar, it is still a healthier alternative than store-bough juices and sodas.

Mango Health Benefits

Mangos are packed with antioxidant properties. They aid the digestive system thanks to the fiber and protective compounds like gallo-tannins in the fruit, which offers also anti-inflammatory properties.

This tropical fruit contains also vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is a important antioxidant that helps in the absorption of minerals, and is involved in the formation of collagen, and important protein for our health.

And then, mangoes are rich packed with carotenoids, which plays an important role in the eye health.

More about mango health benefits.

How To Make Agua de Mango

Wash throughly the mangos and peel them. Remove the pulp with a knife and cut it into chunks. You can also use 3 cups of frozen mangos, slightly defrost them before you make this recipe.

Mango cut into chunks in a plastic cutting board.

Add mango chunks to a blender, along with sugar and lime juice, then pour in 2 cups of water.

Adding water to a blender with mango chunks.

Blend at high speed until nicely smooth. You can now strain the mixture or use it as it is. I prefer adding it right away to get all the goodness from the mango fiber.

Mango blended with water to make agua de mango.

Last, add the mango mixture to a large pitcher and mix in the remaining water. Taste for sweetness and add more lime juice or sugar if needed.

A pitcher with agua de mango. Seen from above.

Serve in glasses over ice cubes or store the pitcher in the fridge until nicely chilled (about 2 hours).

Useful Notes & Tips

  • Make it healthier. Skip the sugar for a healthier version of this agua de mango, or use other types of sweeteners like agave syrup, honey, monk fruit, or stevia.
  • Use the best mangos. Choose mangos that are nicely ripe because they are packed with flavor and a lot more sweet.
  • Mix other flavors. mangos combine perfect with other tropical fruits, so you can blend in some, papaya, guavas, or pineapple.
  • Garnish with some sliced or diced fruit, lime slices, or mint leaves.
  • Use frozen mangos if you can’t find fresh and ripe ones where you live.
  • Add ice only when you serving the mango water, if you add it to the pitcher, make sure you drink it before it dilutes.
Pouring agua de mango in a glass with ice.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this refreshing agua de mango as a light treat any time of the day, or enjoy with some Mexican appetizers:

  • Tostadas de camarón. Shrimp salad served over crispy tortillas.
  • Huaraches. Corn thick tortillas topped with meat and vegetables.
  • Quesadillas Fritas. Fried quesadillas made with masa and stuffed with various ingredients.
  • Garnachas. Traditional sopes topped with shredded beef and pickled salad.

How To Store

This recipe stores nicely in the fridge for up to 3 days in a pitcher or jar with a tight lid. The lid prevent the mango water from absorbing smells from other foods in the fridge, so make sure you cover it well.

If you want to store in the freezer, I recommend to make the mango mixture and transfer to small containers or into ice trays, then freeze for up to 3 months.

When you’d like to make this drink just thaw the mixture, add more water, adjust sweet to taste and enjoy.

Agua de mango recipe cover.

Agua de Mango

Refreshing agua de mango fresca made with real fruit, perfect to serve in hot summer days!
PREP 10 minutes
TOTAL 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 6 servings
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ cups ripe mangos (cut into chunks)
  • ¼ cup sugar (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  • Add mango chunks to a blender.
  • Add sugar, lime juice, and 2 cups of water.
  • Blend until smooth. You can now strain the mixture or use it as it is.
  • Add the mango mixture to a large pitcher and mix in the remaining water.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more lime juice or sugar if needed.
  • Serve in glasses over ice cubes or store the pitcher in the fridge for 2 hours or until chilled.

NOTES

  • Skip the sugar for a healthier version, or use other types of sweeteners like honey, monk fruit, or stevia.
  • Choose mangos that are nicely ripe because they are packed with flavor and sweeter.
  • Mangos combine perfect with other tropical fruits, so you can blend in some, papaya, guavas, or pineapple.
  • Garnish with some sliced or diced fruit, lime slices, or mint leaves.
  • You can sub the fresh fruit with 3 cups of frozen mangoes.
  • Add the ice only when you serving the mango water, if you add it to the pitcher, make sure you drink it before it dilutes.
Nutrition
Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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