In Tabasco, Mexico, you see little pineapples growing everywhere. They’re so cute when they’re tiny. On the streets, vendors will sell cups of pineapple slices with chili powder and lime. It’s tough to eat this because the fruit is so juicy that the fruit juice runs down your arm and often falls on the floor. Needless to say, I’ve had some amazingly, fresh pineapple. During the warmer months, I like to make Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña.
Nothing beats the heat like fresh fruit. Now imagine delicious fruit turned into a cool and refreshing drink… Yeah THAT! Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, is easy … SO EASY … to make. It’s really a no brainer.
You start with the ripe fruit. You know the kind that fruit flies love to hang around? (Hate those little buggers!) I always rinse the outside because you never know who was handling the fruit before you. Then chop it up into small pieces. Saving (of course) a few pieces for the cook.
Add the fruit to the blender with some sugar. Although the pineapple is sweet, the water is not. Don’t add too much, or you will end up with something overly sweet. If you need more sugar, you can add it later. FYI, I make a diabetic-friendly version of Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, by substituting ½ teaspoon Stevia for ½ cup sugar.
Once it’s all blended, you end up with a thick consistency. Thin it out in a large pitcher with some water. Mix and taste to see if you need to add more water. Does the Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, need more sugar? Here’s your chance to make it the way you like it.
Add some ice cubes. Pour and enjoy! Don’t you just love the warm weather months? I do!
- 1 pineapple
- 4-6 cups of water
- ½ cup sugar
- Chop the pineapple into pieces, removing the tough core.
- Add the sugar and the pineapple to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add pineapple mixture and water into a cooler.
- Mix until combined.
- Taste for good measure.
- Serve in a glass over ice.
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