This refreshing agua de pepino y limon is lightly sweet, made with fresh cucumber, and with a tangy touch of lime. This is the perfect cool drink to enjoy with your meals.
What are frescas?
Aguas frescas (a.k.a frescas) are a popular drink in Mexico. The drink can be made with fruits, citrus, vegetables, seeds, and cereals.
Besides that they are cold and help you stay hydrated and cool during hot days, those drinks also have an important role in the Mexican culture, as they are not only served at the family tables but also in every restaurant or street food stand.
Growing up in a tropical state in Mexico, my mother used to have always a large pitcher with agua fresca in the refrigerator, so we could accompany our meals with it.
Then after lunch if there was any fresca remaining we will drink it during the rest of the day, just to cool down.
We also had various fruit trees back on our patio such as a lime tree, mango, plums, nance, coconut, tamarind and others. So my mom never ran out of ideas or ingredients to make frescas at home.
Variations and modern recipes for frescas
Despite agua fresca being mostly made with fruits, some vegetables and herbs are also a good addition to some traditional recipes, like cucumber, parsley, or alfalfa.
And believe it or not, chia has been present in agua fresca since I can recall. My grandpa’s favorite agua fresca was the simple limón y chia (lemonade with chia seeds).
In my last visit to Mexico, I was gladly surprised to see how aguas frescas have been changed. From the traditional Mexican lemonade I used to drink when I was a kid, to the now fancy recipes you can find almost in every corner in Mexico.
Some flavors like ananas and parsley, coconut and strawberries, cactus pear and mint, watermelon and cucumber lime agua fresca, etc, are now available and have start becoming a favorite among Mexican people.
The ingredients for this recipe
- Cucumbers. Thye’re so flavoured in summer season and don’t need to tell you how fresh they are aswell.
- Limes or lemons. Anything you have available, even though limes add a particular flavor to this fresca. I like to add both sometimes.
- Sugar. You can add anything to sweeten your fresca, like sugar, honey, stevia, coconut sugar etc.
How to make agua de pepino y limon
Our Useful Notes
- Don’t discard the cucumbers seeds, they’re rich in minerals and fiber.
- Use water at room temperature because it will be easier to dissolve the sugar.
- If you using bio cucumbers, don’t peel them. Cucumber’s skins add more nutrients and also a nice greener color.
- Add 1 shot of your favorite booze to each serving of agua de pepino y limon if you want a grown-up drink.
- Make it sugar-free by leaving out the sugar, or subbing with monkfruit or stevia.
Chia seeds. Chia is a nice source of vitamins and adds a nice texture to this agua de pepino y limon. Add one tablespoon while whisking the water to avoid the seeds clumping.
Herbs. Besides for the obvious and most common choice of adding mint to this fresca, try also basil, alfalfa (blended with cucumbers) or thyme. Those fresh herbs add a nice flavor and aroma to this agua de pepino y limon.
Watch How To Make It
Agua de pepino y limon (cucumber water)
- 2 medium cucumbers (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 6 cups water (room temperature)
- ¼ cup lime juice
- sugar (to taste, read notes)
- ice cubes
- cucumber slices
- mint leaves
- Place cucumbers, lime juice and 2 cups of water on a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Strain mixture in a large pitcher.
- Add sugar to taste and stir well to combine.
- Add the remaining water and mix. Add more sugar if needed.
- Place the pitcher in the fridge. Allow cooling for 1 hour or serve in glasses with ice cubes.
- Garnish with cucumber slices and mint leaves. Enjoy.
- I used about 1/3 cup of sugar, but feel free to use more or also less if you want.
- Don’t discard the cucumber’s seeds, they’re rich in minerals and fiber!
- Use water at room temperature because its harder to dissolve the sugar in cold water.
- If you using bio cucumbers, don’t peel them! they add more nutrients and also a nice greener color.
- Add 1 shot of tequila, rum or vodka to each serving if you want a grown-up drink.
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