Agua de Piña (pineapple water fresca)

Agua de piña (pineapple water) is a Mexican cold beverage rich in flavor, nutritious and perfect to beat the high temperatures in summer. This fresca recipe can be made using your favorite sweeteners like stevia, monkfruit, honey, or also sugar-free for a more healthy option.

Agua de pina (pineapple) being garnished with lime wedges and mint leaves.

What is agua fresca?

Aguas frescas (plural) are very popular in Mexico. Those non-alcoholic beverages can be made with fruits, seeds, grains, or citrus. They are so fresh and help you stay hydrated and cool during hot days but also have an important role in the Mexican tables.

You’ll find street vendors with large jugs selling aguas frescas all over the country. Mexican fruit drinks are part of the country culture and I am glad they’re now known around the world because, despite having sugar, they’re for sure a healthier choice for sodas or canned fruit juices.

Pineapple agua fresca with limes wedges and mint leaves on a glass with ice.

A refreshing and healthy drink

I love agua fresca. These types of drinks so typical of my country are my gastronomic contribution to my Italian family, they love them. Every time I put a jug of agua fresca on the table it’s gone in a few minutes, especially at this time of year when the heat is intense.

One of my favorite agua fresca flavors is water pineapple (agua de piña), although sometimes I like to combine it with other fruits or citrus to give it a different touch, pineapple water with lemon (limes) is undoubtedly a good combination since it is refreshing as well as healthy.

Pineapple benefits

Pineapple, in addition to being juicy, sweet, and delicious, is nutritious and aids digestion. It is an amazing fruit. Its water content is very high and due to this, its caloric value is low, making it perfect to enjoy without guilt.

In this recipe for agua de piña, I have obtained the juice with an extractor but if you want to take advantage of all the properties of the pineapple, I recommend you do it with a blender and do not  strain the juice, thus avoiding eliminating the pulp that is rich in fiber.

Pineapple cut into slices on a cutting board.

How to make pineapple water fresca

  • Make sure the ingredients are at room temperature and this includes water, if the water or pineapple is cold dissolving the sugar will be more complicated.
  • Prepare the pineapple juice by making it with a fruit juicer or use a blender if you want to take advantage of all the properties of the fruit and then strain the mixture with a fine sieve.
  • Pour the pineapple juice in a large pitcher, add 9 cups (about 2 L) of  water and the juice of 1 lime. Add your favorite sweetener, it can be white sugar, cane sugar, stevia, monkfruit, etc. Mix until the sugar dissolves, then taste and adjust sugar to your liking.
  • Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let cool for at least two hours. Right before serving, add ice to the pitcher or to the glasses and serve immediately.

How To Store

Storing agua de piña is pretty simple, just leave it in the fridge for up to 2 days (not more to it will start to ferment). Actually, in Mexico is very common to always have agua fresca ready in the fridge and offer it to whoever visit your home, just like you offer coffee, tea or any drink to your guests in other parts of the world.

pineapple agua fresca with lime and mint

More agua fresca recipes

Other easy homemade Mexican agua fresca recipes I make regularly include:

Agua de pina (pineapple water) on glasses.

Pineapple agua fresca

Agua de piña (pineapple water) is a mexican cold beverage that is rich of flavour, nutritious and perfect to beat the high temperatures in summer. Make it sugar-free or use any sweetener you prefer.
PREP 10 minutes
TOTAL 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 medium pineapple (peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 9 cups (2 L) lt water
  • sweetener (sugar, honey, stevia, etc.)
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • ice

Instructions

  • Prepare the pineapple juice by making it with a fruit juicer or use a blender if you want to take advantage of all the properties of the fruit and then strain the mixture with a fine sieve.
  • Pour the pineapple juice in a large pitcher, add 9 cups (about 2 L) of water and the lime juice
  • Add your favorite sweetener, it can be white sugar, cane sugar, stevia, monkfruit, etc. Mix until the sugar dissolves, then taste and adjust sugar to your liking.
  • Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let cool for at least two hours.
  • Right before serving, add ice to the pitcher or to the glasses and serve immediately.

notes

Make sure the ingredients are at room temperature and this includes water, if the water or pineapple is cold dissolving the sugar will be more complicated.
Nutrition
Serving: 1grams | Calories: 34kcal
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Well, this is a great idea! Usually just do some lemonade but adding lime and pineapple was such a good call! I though it would be extra acid but honestly is even more sweet than just a regular lemonade! Love it!

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