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This Mango Agua Fresca (agua de mango) recipe is a refreshing summer drink. It’s made of simple ingredients and is a great alternative to sodas and store-bought juices.
Making this traditional agua fresca at home allows you to control the amount of sugar. So much better than soft drinks and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.
I love sipping on Agua de Tamarindo and this “mango water” on hot days. I’m sure you will too!
- Peeled and chopped ripe fresh mangos
- Sugar (to taste)
- Ice cubes
The type of sweetener and sugar content to use is up to you: cane sugar, Stevia, honey or nothing at all.
Sometimes, I find that the fruit is sweet enough and don’t add any sugar.
Aqua frescas are to Mexico and Central America what lemonade is to Americans – a super popular cold refreshing drink most often enjoyed during summer months.
Place the peeled & diced mango, sugar, and water in your blender or food processor.
Process or blend until smooth.
Pour the mango mixture into a large pitcher. Serve over lots of ice.
Adjusting the sweetness
- Taste the sweetness for good measure.
- Add more sugar, if needed.
- If it’s too sweet, add more water.
- Do this little by little until you reach a sweetness you like.
Yes. You can refrigerate/ freeze this drink.
Although it’s best to serve immediately, it can be refrigerated for 72 hours. It can last in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How to choose ripe mangos?
It’s all about the squeeze test to find ripe fruit at your grocery store. A ripe mango should give a little to the touch. That indicates it’s ready to eat or blend.
Add lime wedges to this fruity drink for extra color and a flavorful twist. Fresh mint is also great.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mangoes were first introduced to Mexico from the Philippines in the 1700s. Mexican growers raise a wide variety of these favorite fruits including Kent, Haden (red skin with traces of green and yellow), Atauifo (“honey mangoes”), Tommy Atkins, Keitt, Cirillo, and Petacon.
Agua fresca is a blend of water and fresh fruit so it’s a lighter version of fruit juice.
There are so many varieties that you can’t go wrong using any of them. Just adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.
Using a frozen mango is a great option for when the fresh fruit is out of season. Thaw them overnight in the fridge. Frozen mangoes will release more liquid when you blend them so you may have to adjust the amount of water that you use.
When are mangoes in season?
This varies by state in the United States – March to November in Hawaii, June through September in California, and May through August in South Florida. Of course, mangoes from Mexico and other countries make this fruit available all year in most parts of the country.
Mangoes are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, as well as dietary fiber. All of these nutrients are essential for supporting a healthy immune system, vibrant skin, and a happy digestive system.
More Aguas Frescas Recipes:
Mango agua fresca (agua fesca de mango) is a light and refreshing drink. It’s a tasty blend of ripe mangoes with water and a little sugar.
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Mango Agua Fresca
- 1 1/2 cups mangoes (peeled and rough chopped)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- Place the peeled & chopped mangos, sugar, and water in your blender.
- Process until you have a fine and smooth texture.
- Pour in a large pitcher. Taste to check sweetness.
- Add ice cubes to a glass.
- Pour and enjoy!
We’ve always got mangos on hand because my son loves them, so as soon as I saw this I whipped it up and wow. Delish!!
That’s great to hear! Mango agua fresca is definitely a refreshing and tasty way to use up those ripe mangos. It’s also a great way to quench your thirst on a hot day. Enjoy!
We really like this recipe. Never knew it was this easy to make. Will be trying without further delay!
Yes! Mango agua fresca is incredibly easy to make and perfect for hot summer days. Hope you make this recipe soon, you’ll love it!
This Mango Agua Fresca recipe is a real winner in my book! It’s incredibly easy to make and the result is a delicious and refreshing drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. The addition of a bit of sugar really helps bring out the natural sweetness of the mangoes.
I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this Mango Agua Fresca recipe! It really is a perfect drink for hot days, and I love how easy it is to make too. Cheers to a refreshing summer drink!
Drinking this makes me feel like I am on some tropical island or on a cruise. A yummy drink that will transport you!
That’s a great way to describe it! The sweetness and tropical flavor of the mango really do make you feel like you’re on a vacation. Glad you enjoyed this recipe.
I’m always looking for new refreshing drinks during summer. This mango agua fresca is exactly what I needed!
Glad to hear that! Mango Agua Fresca is a perfect drink for hot summer days. It’s refreshing and has a tropical taste that can transport you to a beach or a sunny island. Enjoy!