Chia Fresca

Chia fresca is a refreshing and popular Mexican drink that you can easily make at home whenever you want. This chia drink is a nice way to add those little seeds into your daily diet as they’re full of nutrients!

Chia fresca with lemon and mint.

What can be more refreshing than a glass of chia fresca? This drink has a lot of meaning to me because it brings back very nice memories of my childhood. My grandpa and I used to go to the paletería and treat ourselves with a chia and lemon paleta or agua fresca. For those who are not Mexicans, a paletería is an ice cream parlour very popular in Mexico.

Chia fresca is also very cheap compared to the store-bought chia drinks that are so popular right now.

what is chia?

Chia is a widely used seed in Mexico and latinoamerica, it is mainly used to add it to drinks but there are also sweets prepared with it, for example the pre-Hispanic Pinole. The nutritional properties of chia are well know and is also a very versatile seed.

Here where I live, it is not very easy to find it and (like all imported products) it also a little expensive, but of course, not as much as having to buy store-bought chia drinks or other products that contains this seed. So at the end, is worth the investment.

A spoonful of chia seeds.

If you live in Mexico chia can be buy at almost every market. If you live outside Mexico there are many whole/organic stores that sells packed chia seeds. Also, Amazon is your place to go, I have find chia in many countries through this online store.

How to make chia fresca at home

  • Add water in a large pitcher.
  • Add lemon juice and then stir in chia seeds slowly while whisking vigourolsy.
  • Add sugar and mix until dissolved, taste and add more accordingly to your taste.
  • Add mint leaves and the lemon slices. Mix well and place in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours.
  • Serve with ice.
Chia drink with limes, lemons and mint on glasses with ice.

Chia drink tips

  • Add chia slowly while whisking vigorously. This way the seeds have the time to soak separately and add a nice texture instead of becoming a mess.
  • Allow the drink to rest for at least 30 minutes. Preferably a couple or hours.
  • I always add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for every 5-6 cups of water. But of course, more can be added if you want to. Just don’t forget that chia seeds absorbs water and create a gelatinous texture, so don’t add that many. We’re making a light, refreshing chia drink here, not a pudding.
  • Use other kind of sweeteners if you prefer, like honey, stevia, monk fruit, etc.
  • You can also use simple syrup instead of brown sugar.

How to store

Chia fresca can last up to 2 days in the fridge. I don’t recommend storing it longer since lemons will become a bitter and spoil the flavor.

Best thing you can do is make only the amount you intend to drink that day. This Mexican drink is so easy to prepare that there’s no need to make ahead.

More Mexican frescas to enjoy this summer

Chia fresca on glasses with ice

Chia fresca with lemon

4 servings
A chia drink will lemon, so refreshing and nutritious that you won’t believe how easy is to make. Is also very cheap compared to the store-bought chia drinks that are so popular right now.
4 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 mins
Additional Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 cups water room temperature
  • 1 lime or lemon cut into slices
  • 2 limes or lemons juice
  • mint leaves optional
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar or more, to taste
  • ice as needed

Instructions
 

  • Add water in a large pitcher.
  • Add lemon juice and then stir in chia seeds slowly while whisking vigourolsy.
  • Add sugar and mix until dissolved, taste and add more accordingly to your taste.
  • Add mint leaves and the lemon slices. Mix well and place in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours.
  • Serve with ice.
Notes
  • Add chia slowly while whisking vigorously. This way the seeds have the time to soak separately and add a nice texture instead of becoming a mess.
  • Allow the drink to rest for at least 30 minutes. Preferably a couple or hours.
  • I always add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for every 5-6 cups of water. Bur of course, more can be added if you want to. But don’t forget that chia seeds absorbs water and create a gelatinous texture, so don’t add that many. We’re making a light, refreshing chia drink here, not a pudding.
  • Use other kind of sweeteners if you prefer, like honey, stevia, monk fruit, etc.
Course drinks
Cuisine mexican

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