4 Spiked aguas frescas that make the end of summer more bearable

Sep 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. ET

An agua fresca made with fresh fruit and berries is a refreshing drink, especially when it's hot outside. Even better when it's spiked.

An agua fresca is a combination of fruit and water blended together and then strained so that just the liquids are combined for this refreshing drink. Sugar and lime juice are often added to this delightful beverage that is a popular drink in Mexico and that comes in all kinds of flavors.

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Here's a blueberry- and lemon-flavored agua fresca that has gin added to it.

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Aguas frescas are quick and easy to make too.

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Blueberry and lemon agua fresca recipe

A delightful and refreshing blueberry and lemon agua fresca will cool you off on a hot summer day. This version is spiked with gin for adults only to enjoy.

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 lemon slices, for garnish
  • 6 blueberries, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the frozen blueberries, water, lemon juice, sugar and gin.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting until liquefied.
  3. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer, and keep only the strained liquid.
  4. Serve over ice.
  5. Garnish with lemon and blueberries.
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Mango and strawberries make a colorful and tasty agua fresca.

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And this one has tequila in it.

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Strawberry and mango agua fresca recipe

An agua fresca made with strawberries, mango, lime and tequila for an enjoyable, adults-only drink.

Serves 3

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped mango, skin removed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 3 whole strawberries, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the strawberries, lime juice, mango, water, sugar and tequila.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting until liquefied.
  3. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer, and keep only the strained liquid.
  4. Serve over ice.
  5. Garnish with strawberries.
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Cucumbers and kiwi are a wonderful combination of flavors that taste so good together.

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Lime juice and a little sugar are added along with a bit of gin.

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Kiwi and cucumber agua fresca recipe

A refreshing agua fresca made with kiwi, cucumber and lime juice. This version is spiked with gin for adults only to enjoy.

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped English cucumber, skin removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 2 cucumber slices, for garnish
  • 2 slices kiwi fruit, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the cucumber, lime juice, kiwi, sugar, water and gin.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting until liquefied.
  3. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer, and keep only the strained liquid.
  4. Serve over ice.
  5. Garnish with cucumber and kiwi.
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This light and creamy agua fresca is made with coconut milk, a fresh orange, lime juice and rum.

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Coconut and orange agua fresca recipe

An agua fresca made with fresh orange, coconut milk, lime and rum tastes like a vacation getaway in a glass for adults only to enjoy.

Serves 3

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or add to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup light rum
  • 3 orange slices, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To a blender, add the coconut milk, orange, sugar, water, lime juice and rum.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting until liquefied.
  3. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer, and keep only the strained liquid.
  4. Serve over ice.
  5. Garnish each glass with a slice of orange.

More agua fresca recipes

Mexican pineapple agua fresca
Mango agua fresca
Kiwi agua fresca

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