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Agua de Fresa (or Strawberry Agua Fresca) is so incredibly yummy!
Going to the ice cream shop in Mexico is a big treat. A huge assortment of paletas (popsicles) and a variety of agua frescas side by side. It’s so hard to choose!
You’re sure to find this drink there or even from street vendors. Sweet and creamy. Think strawberry milkshake. Yum!
Another great way to enjoy fresh fruits is to try Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca.
- Rips strawberries – Available in most grocery stores.
- Cold water
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – A good item to always keep in your pantry
- Evaporated Milk
- Sugar (Just a little bit if necessary)
Water or Milk?
At the ice cream shop, they will ask you if you want the fresh water or milk version. This is Agua de Fresa de leche, or “with milk”, uses fresh strawberries and evaporated milk for a thicker consistency.
For the water version, one of the healthier options is simply to omit the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Blend the fruit with sugar and water. Serve and enjoy.
- Wash and remove all the stems from the strawberries and remove the green tops.
- Place the ripe strawberries in a blender.
- Add the evaporated milk.
- Pour in the sweetened condensed milk (leche condensada).
- Add 1 cup of water.
Most agua fresca recipes blend the fruit and strain before adding the water, but since this is the creamy version, there is no need to strain.
Evaporated milk substitutes:
You can use 1 cup regular milk or 1 cup heavy cream.
Is agua fresca alcoholic?
Traditionally, no, they are not alcoholic beverages. They can be if alcohol is added. You can add tequila, vodka, or even rum.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add more water if necessary.
If you have a smaller blender, blend in batches. Pour everything into a larger container and stir. The end result will be the same.
Is agua fresca good for you?
Yes and no. It depends on how it is made. If the amount of sugar added to the drink is too much, then most likely not. However, agua frescas are made with fruit and provide a good source of Vitamin C and support healthy skin.
- Pour the strawberry mixture into a large pitcher.
- Add the remaining water.
Give everything a big stir to combine.
Remember, this drink contains dairy and needs to be stored in the fridge. You don’t want anyone getting sick.
Ice Ice Baby!
You can add ice cubes now. However, if you don’t serve it right away, it will dilute the mixture.
Best to add ice and pour the beverage individually into each cup.
- Add sugar, if necessary.
This step depends completely on the strawberries you use. If they are ripe, then you might not need sugar at all.
Taste it! If it needs sugar, add some sugar. Start small. About ½ cup. Stir, then taste again. Keep adding until you are satisfied with the way it tastes.
If you want to remove the strawberry seeds, use a fine-mesh sieve. Personally, I don’t remove the seeds.
Use Stevia, coconut sugar, agave nectar, or honey are all good substitutes for regular sugar.
How Long Does It Last?
In the fridge, agua fresca lasts 2-3 days in an airtight container.
Agua de Fresa (or Strawberry Agua Fresca) is exactly what you need this summer. Pour this delicious drink into a glass with lots of ice and enjoy!
More Agua Fresca Recipes:
Agua de Fresa (Mexican strawberry water) is one of the easiest aguas frescas to make. It’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days and is one of the most delicious drinks around.
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Agua de Fresa
- 1 16-ounce strawberry package
- 1 14-ounce sweetened condensed milk can
- 1 12-ounce evaporated milk can
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar (if necessary)
- Wash and remove all the stems from the strawberries.
- Place the strawberries into a blender.
- To the blender, add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 1 cup water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the strawberry mixture into a large pitcher.
- Add the remaining water to the pitcher.
- Stir to combine and taste.
- If the drink needs to be sweeter, add the sugar.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
I love this creamy, refreshing drink that has the flavors of summer in it by adding the strawberries. Perfect thirst quencher.
Alllll the flavors of summer. YES!
I can’t wait to make this for my family. I used to love that strawberry milk powder, but I knew it was full of preservatives. Now I can have my favorite milk again!
I remember that strawberry milk powder as a kid. This is 100% better.
I’m going to make this tomorrow! I have a big box of fresh strawberries and I wanted to find an alternative to blending them with vanilla yoghurt, which is my go to way of eating them up. So glad I came across this!
THIS is perfect for that big box of strawberries!
It was delicious!!! I don’t have evaporated milk here but I just added some full-fat milk. May have gotten the proportions a bit off but it was utterly delicious nonetheless!!
I think so too delicious glad you liked it
This was so refreshing! I just love the creamy touch. It really made for one decadent treat. I definitely will make this all summer long!
Yes! My son says it tastes like a strawberry milk shake. 🙂
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You’re going to love this recipe. Hope you try it!
Such a beautiful and refreshing drink for summer! We are all about the strawberries right now, and I love when I find drinks that have them! We love having this outside on the balcony at night!
Sounds like an amazing plan I think you”ll love this recipe!
I often really want a really good quality milkshake in the summer! This is perfect because w have so much fresh fruit coming out of the garden that I can use, and it’s a wonderful treat on a hot day!
Perfect for a hot day! So easy and delicious.
GUNJAN C Dudani
Strawberry is in season and i have tons of them. Definitely trying this out for my sister in law who just mentioned me to make something with this berry.
Fresh and yummy, what’s better than that? Hope you try this recipe.
My family has fallen in love with this refreshing drink!! I will definitely be trying all your other aqua frescas!
Aguas frescas in general are really yummy but this recipe is amazing! Glad you liked it.
This Strawberry Agua Fresca taste of summer! What a simple treat to make on a hot summer day. This is cool, creamy and has the perfect amount of sweetness. I will be making this again and again , as long as I can get strawberries!!
Yes! Perfect for summer.
Looks fantastic and I bet it’s perfect for summer dinner parties when you just want something refreshing but still sweet and yum! I can’t wait to try it.
It is, so refreshing. Hope you try it!
Strawberry is my favorite seasonal fruit. Love your recipe. So perfect for the season. Refreshing and yummy.
Thank you! I’m glad you liked the recipe. Enjoy!
Refreshing and delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Happy to hear you liked it. Hope you try this recipe soon.
Alison Saalbach Corey
This recipe is so refreshing and energizing! I can’t wait to try out your recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Glad you liked it! Enjoy the refreshing taste of this Agua de Fresa.
I absolutely adore this Strawberry Agua Fresca! The first time I tried it, I was instantly transported to a serene summer day, surrounded by the aroma of fresh, ripe strawberries. This delightful beverage offers the perfect balance of sweetness and refreshment, creating a truly refreshing experience.
That sounds like a wonderful experience! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe.