Agua De Pepino: Cucumber lime fresca

This refreshing agua de pepino is lightly sweet, made with fresh cucumber and with a tangy touch of lime. Perfect to enjoy as a cool drink for everyone. Enjoy this amazing drink pairing it also with your favorite Mexican snacks like taquitos or a bowl of guacamole & chips!

Agua de pepino (mexican cucumber fresca) on a pitcher and glasses.

What is frescas?

Aguas frescas (a.k.a frescas) are a very 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.

A glass with cold cucumber water fresca.

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.

We also had various fruit trees back in our patio like lemon, mango, plums, nance, coconut, tamarind and others. So my mom never ran out of ideas to make frescas at home.

Variations and modern recipes for frescas

Despite agua fresca is 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).

cucumber lime agua fresca served on tall glasses with cubed ice
Cucumber agua fresca with chia seeds and basil leaves

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:

  • 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

  1. Peel cucumbers, cut them into chunks and add them into a blender.
  2. Add 2 cups of water and 1/4 lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Strain mixture in a large pitcher.
  3. Add sugar (start with 1/4 cup) and stir well to combine. Pour 2 more cups of water, mix and taste. If you think it needs more sugar, adjust to your taste.
  4. Give it a good mix and place the pitcher in the fridge. Allow to cool for 2 hours. Serve in glasses with ice cubes, some sliced cucumbers and mint leaves.
Agua de pepino (cucumber water) served on glasses with ice, mint leaves and cucumber slices.

Notes

  • 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.

Other additions

Chia seeds. Chia is a nice source of vitamins and adds a nice texture to this agua de pepino. 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 frescas, try also basil, alfalfa (blended with cucumbers) or thyme. Those fresh herbs adds a nice flavor and aroma to agua de pepino.

Watch How To Make It

Mexican agua de pepino (cucumber) on glasses.

Agua de pepino (cucumber water)

This refreshing agua de pepino will become your favourite to cool down in a hot summer day. Enjoy this drink with crushed ice and mint leaves to make it even fresher.
PREP 10 minutes
TOTAL 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 medium cucumbers (300 g) (peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 6 cups water (1.5 L) (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • sugar (to taste)

To serve

  • ice cubes
  • cucumber slices
  • mint leaves

Instructions

  • Place cucumbers, lime juice and 2 cups of water on a blender.
  • Blend until smooth. Strain mixture in a large pitcher.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp sugar  and stir well to combine.
  • Add the remaining water and mix. Add more sugar if needed.
  • Place the pitcher in the fridge. Allow to cool for 1 hour, then serve in glasses with ice cubes, cucumber slices and mint leaves.

notes

  • 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.
Nutrition
Calories: 110kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    If mines turns out half as good as this, I’ll consider it a success for sure. Really love all the extra efforts keep them coming, we appreciate them very much

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