Aguas Frescas Recipes: Fruity Drinks for Hot Summer Days

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Aguas frescas recipes make the perfect drinks for when the summer wanes but the heat remains. The Texas Hill Country has multiple influences from various cultures, including those from Latin America, where aguas frescas originated. These drinks incorporate fresh fruit or vegetables and water to create a cooling, nonalcoholic, and healthy beverage for whenever the weather gets hot. Try these recipes the next time you want a drink to make for the entire family.

Coconut Pecan Agua Fresca

Coconut and Pecan Agua Fresca

Photo: Pinterest/Nibbles and Feasts

Nibbles and Feasts presents a distinctive agua fresca made with pecans and coconut. It uses both coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk to make it extra creamy. Unlike other aguas frescas recipes that don’t use milk, this one recipe tastes so rich you’ll want to savor it for dessert or drink it as a treat after a long day.

Pineapple Peach Agua Fresca

Pineapple Peach Agua Fresca

Photo: Pinterest/How Sweet Eats

What better way to use your harvest of fresh Texas peaches than in How Sweet Eats’s pineapple peach agua fresca? To keep this drink cool without watering it down, the recipe creator suggests using frozen peaches. If you have fresh peaches, freeze some slices to use instead of ice cubes when you make this drink.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Aguas Frescas Recipes Watermelon Agua Fresca

Photo: Pinterest/Iowa Girl Eats

Fresh watermelon has cooled many people during the summer, and whether your group prefers seeded or seedless, everyone will agree on Iowa Girl Eats’s watermelon agua fresca. The watermelon and sprigs of mint create a refreshing summer cooler. Try this for a lower-sugar twist on a summery fruit drink. Though, like other aguas frescas recipes, feel free to customize it to your tastes.

Guava Agua Fresca

Aguas Frescas Recipes Guava Agua Fresca

Photo: Pinterest/Lola’s Cocina

For the uninitiated, guavas are tiny, strongly scented and flavored fruits common in Latin American cuisine. Lola’s Cocina’s guava agua fresca balances out the strong taste of the fruit by adding water to the recipe. This pink drink appeals to those who like the color and to those who want a different fruity beverage.


Aguas Frescas Recipes Horchata

Photo: Pinterest/Sonia La Pina en La Cocina

Though creamy-looking, La Pina en La Cocina’s horchata only uses milk in one of the iterations. The second recipe enhances the drink with milk for a richer consistency, but the first is dairy free. Make the version without added milk for even those who cannot handle dairy to enjoy. Among aguas frescas recipes, horchata ranks among the most traditional. Prepare this when you want an authentic drink for a fiesta.