Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca

The perfect drink for hot summer days, this Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is ready in just minutes! A Mexican drink recipe full of refreshing flavors for a healthy beverage.

Two glasses of Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca on a counter with purple and white striped straws.

Why You Will Love This Drink

Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is a popular Mexican drink made primarily of fresh fruit and fresh water. Almost like a glorified cucumber water, the fruit is blended right into the water for a refreshing and healthy drink.

Agua frescas are a great simple Mexican recipe perfect for a hot day, made with light and refreshing flavors.

The cucumber flavor stands out in this simple recipe, even with it being made mainly of water. It is a perfect simple recipe for summer months!

What is an Agua Fresca?

Aguas frescas are drinks made of blended fruit or other aromatics with water and a sweetener.

An agua fresca is not sweet in itself, but the sweetener balances the other flavors.

They are popular in Mexico, Latin America, Central America, and the southwest United States. It is very common to find aguas frescas at street vendors in Mexico. And I have learned that street vendor food is the BEST food.

You might also hear Americans call it a “Cool Water!”

A glass of Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca with cucumber slices and a purple white straw.

Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you need to make a cucumber agua fresca!

Cucumber – any fresh cucumbers is perfect here. I used English cucumbers because that is what I had, but you can also use Kirby cucumbers or classic “normal” cucumbers. They will all work great! No need to peel them.

Lime Juice – fresh lime juice is best!

Water

Agave – or sweetener of choice, such as honey or maple syrup. If you use granulated sugar, start with 2 tablespoons. I find that granulated sugar does not incorporate as well as the other options. The amount of sugar or sweetener will vary based on your preference, but start on the low end.

Instruction Overview

Wondering how to make cucumber lime agua fresca? It is incredibly easy!

All you need to do is add all of your ingredients to a blender, and blend!

High speed is best for at least 60 seconds to really make sure everything is blended well.

Pour it through a fine mesh strainer (fine mesh sieve) to remove the remaining fruit pulp. You can do this into a large pitcher if serving soon or into a large jar or container that will work for your refrigerator.

If desired, add more sweetener.

Keep chilled and serve over ice!

The Olive Twist

While this is an amazing non-alcoholic drink, it also makes a great cocktail! Simply add some vodka, gin, rum, or tequila.

Garnish this agua fresca recipe with cucumber slices, lime slice, or even some mint leaves.

Adjust the sweetness to your preference. I found that adding more sweetener also made the viscosity of the cucumber lime agua fresca thicker. I prefer a thinner texture, and less sugar, so test out what works for you!

If you are a fan of sweet, you can use a simple syrup. Amp up the flavor with flavored options like our Mint Simple Syrup or Jalapeno Simple Syrup if you want a kick!

FAQs

What does Agua Fresca mean?

Agua Fresca means “fresh water” in Spanish. It is the perfect description for this recipe!

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Two glasses of Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca on a counter with purple and white striped straws.

Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca

Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is a light and refreshing Mexican non alcoholic drink. Fresh fruit blended with water, perfect for summer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks, Mocktail
Cuisine International, Mexican
Servings 5 cups

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Fine Mesh Strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound cucumber roughly chopped (approximately 3 cups)
  • cup lime juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon agave or sweetener of choice such as honey or maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend on high speed until well blended, at least 1 minute.
  • Strain the agua fresca through a fine mesh strainer. Push the mixture through the strainer with the back of a big spoon. Discard the pulp left in the strainer.
  • Taste and add more sweetener if desired. Chill and serve over ice.

Notes

If substituting granulated sugar, start with 2 Tablespoons.
Keyword Fruit, Juice, Non-Alcoholic, Summer

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