Agua de Mazapan

Agua de Mazapan is a very simple drink that calls for Mazapan candy, water, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and ice. It is refreshing, creamy, sweet, and it takes only 5 minutes to make!

Agua de mazapan served in glasses with ice and paper straws.

The recipe is super simple to make and kids love it, this drink is perfect to cool down in those hot days or to drink it in the afternoon to enjoy a sweet, refreshing treat.

About the Recipe

As simple as it sounds, agua de mazapán is a fairly new invention in Mexico. The preparation implies blending peanut candies (mazapanes) with water and other ingredients to deliver a refreshing, sweet, and creamy agua fresca drink perfect to serve during the hot season.

Of course, there are many variations of the recipe. Some of them may include cinnamon, while others use a bit of vanilla, and it can be made also with almond Mazapan.

Various glasses filled with ice and agua de mazapan.

My recipe, for example, doesn’t contain milk or condensed milk and it’s made with Mazapan De La Rosa. I like to make it only with evaporated milk so the sweetness is less overpowering, which means you can have more of it!

About Mazapán

Mazapan is a delicious ingredient that is often featured in many sweet recipes. It is made with ground almonds or peanuts, sugar, and corn syrup or honey. The texture is smooth and it’s very similar to clay, so it’s very fun to eat.

In Mexico, the most popular Mazapan brand is De La Rosa and is everyone’s favorite. You should definitely try it if you have a chance.

Branded De La Rosa mazapanes.

However, if you can’t find Mexican mazapán or you would like to make it at home, here is my Mazapan recipe! It’s easy to make and you can use it for this recipe or just to enjoy it as a treat.

About Aguas Frescas

Aguas Frescas are non-alcoholic beverages and they are traditional in Mexico. It’s not exactly known who started making them, but they are very old and they are made with water, fruit pulp or seeds, and sugar. 

Back in the day, they were kept in clay pots or jugs to keep them a few degrees below room temperature, which is how they continue to be served today. Though it’s not uncommon to add a bit of ice to keep them cold. 

Aguas frescas are super refreshing and they are healthy because they have vitamins and antioxidants thanks to the fruits they are made.

They are a staple in Mexican homes, cafeterias, and inns, but the popularity of bottled drinks has displaced that of homemade recipes.

Various glass jugs with Mexican agua fresca in different flavors.

Since they’re made with fruit, you can find a wide variety of aguas frescas and they will vary from region to region.

The most popular variations include agua de horchata, agua de chia and limón, agua de Jamaica, and agua de tamarindo, among others. 

How To Make Agua de Mazapán

  • Unwrap the mazapanes and add them to a blender.
  • Add the evaporated milk, vanilla extract and 2 cups of water.
  • Blend at high speed for 2 minutes, or more depending on your preferences.
  • Pour the mixture into a large pitcher and add the remaining water.
  • Add sugar, mix well and taste. Adjust sweet to taste.
  • Fill some glasses with ice and serve the drink over.
  • Enjoy!
Pouring Mazapan agua fresca into a glass with ice.

Add garnishes

You can also serve this drink with some garnishes like dusting some cinnamon powder or grated piloncillo on top, adding crumbled mazapán, or mixing in some crushed peanuts. It is a fun way to serve and kids love it!

Useful Tips and Notes

When you make agua de Mazapan, I want you to have the best possible experience, so here are a few tips you should apply: 

  • Don’t add ice to the pitcher. Doing that will dilute the drink, so it’s best to add ice to the glass upon serving.
  • If you want a silky beverage, make sure you blend for more minutes until the desired consistency. Otherwise you’ll notice the texture is a little bit grainy which is also nice anyway.
  • You can make your recipe vegan by using almond milk, soy milk, or even coconut milk. 
  • Since my recipe doesn’t include condensed milk, you can add sugar to taste if you feel like it needs more. Just make sure to try it first because the Mazapan already contains sugar. 
Agua de mazapan drink in various glasses with ice.

Make Ahead & Store

You can make agua de mazapán drink up to 3 days ahead and store it in the fridge in a pitcher with an airtight lid. If your pitcher doesn’t have a lid, you can use cling film to cover it and prevent your drink from absorbing other smells.

Agua de mazapan recipe cover.

Agua de Mazapán

author Maricruz
This delicious and refreshing drink is made of peanut candies (Mazapan), evaporated milk, and vanilla. So refreshing and perfect for the hot season.
prep 5 minutes
total 5 minutes
serving 8

Ingredients 

  • 8 mazapanes (1 oz each)
  • 6 cups water
  • 12 oz evaporated milk (1 can)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar

For serving

  • ice
  • cinnamon powder (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Unwrap the mazapanes and add them to a blender.
  • Add the evaporated milk, vanilla extract and 2 cups of water.
  • Blend at high speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into a large pitcher and add the remaining water.
  • Add sugar, mix well and taste. Adjust sweet to taste.
  • Serve in glasses with ice and sprinkled cinnamon powder.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1cup | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Potassium: 130mg | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I never thought I could do agua fresca out of mazapan candy, this is genius! Thank you for the recipe, it really takes a few minutes and is delicious.