I was at a restaurant in Mexico the other day, and the waiter told me that they were making Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca in the kitchen.
It wasn’t on the menu and “exclusive for a short time.” Translation: “until they run out.” FYI: This is very common in Mexico.
These are the advantages of being fully bilingual: being able to order stuff on the restaurant’s hidden menu.
Many people enjoy this beverage in the summer, but south of the border, we drink it all year long.
How to Make Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
- Peel a cucumber.
- Chop it into pieces.
The weird thing about traveling back and forth to Mexico is existing in two countries, two completely different cultures.
Even for Mexican-Americans who don’t visit the motherland often, they experience a cultural change. For me, though, I love being able to move so easily in both countries.
Some people ask me: Is Mexico safe? … You guys, Downtown San Diego scares me more than Mexico.
Have you seen that homeless lady singing and dancing in the middle of the street as cars and buses try to dodge her? I don’t know whether to clap or cross to the other side of the street!
- Add chopped cucumber, sugar, lime juice, and 3 cups water to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
This Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca is a very popular beverage. I know it sounds strange.
You want me to drink a Cucumber? YES! Cucumber is a fruit.
It is not too sweet and will quench your thirst when you need it most.
Key limes is what we normally use in Mexico. Not regular limes.
Look for them next time at the grocery store. They are usually cheaper than regular limes.
- You can use regular limes, if you do not have any key limes.
- You can also use lemon instead.
There are parts of Mexico that get extraordinarily hot in the summer, and remember that most places don’t have AC. You’ll see señores riding in bikes with large containers of Agua Frescas.
You can also find them at ice cream and popsicle shops. They are everywhere because there is no waste. You gotta do something with overly ripe fruit. It’s a genius invention!
As you can tell, this agua fresca recipe is very easy to make.
- Make sure that the cucumber is fully blended.
- The mixture will be chunky.
Even my gringo husband is starting to learn Spanish, and not just the bad words either. 😉 … He loves this Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca. The two go together so well.
Every now and then, after our Little Red has gone to bed, we add some adult liquid (like vodka) to make a Cucumber Lime Alcoholic Drink. It makes a delicious beverage for those 21 years and over!
- Strain the cucumber mixture.
- Add water and more sugar, if needed.
- Stir to combine.
We have names for everything. If you don’t have a nickname, stick around a Mexican long enough, and you’ll get one.
That said, there are several names for this drink.
Other Names for this Drink
- Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
- Cucumber Lime Water
- Cucumber Limeade
- Agua de Pepino
- Agua de Pepino con Limon
If you see any of these names on the menu, you will get this drink.
It will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it into cubes or popsicles.
For the adults 21 and over, I made a variation of this in a Cucumber Gin Cocktail.
This agua fresca recipe is a real keeper. Deliciously refreshing, cool, light and crisp.
Make it for your next summer gathering. It will blow your guests away. Hope you enjoy!
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Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
- 2 cucumbers peeled and chopped
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 5-6 limes
- 2/3 cup sugar
- In a blender add cucumbers, lime juice, sugar, and 3 cups of water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the liquid into a pitcher.
- Press down with the back of spoon to extract all of the juice.
- Discard the pulp
- Add the remaining water.
- Taste for good measure.
- Serve chilled over ice.
More Agua Fresca Recipes
Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, is one of those drinks that screams summer. Make a big batch of this yummy and sweet Mexican drink. It’ll be gone in no time.
When it’s hot out, nothing beats the heat like Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, or Agua de Melon. Refreshing and sweet, light and delicious. A perfect drink for summer or all year long.
Banana Agua Fresca, or Agua de Plátano, is what you need to make this summer. A crisp and delightful Mexican drink made with ripe bananas.
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