Pineapple Agua Fresca (or Agua de Pina) is the best of the best in Mexican drinks.
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In Tabasco, Mexico, you see pineapples growing everywhere. Streets vendors sell cups of fresh pineapple slices with chili powder and lime. It’s tough to eat because the fruit is so juicy.
That’s what I think of each time I make this pineapple water. Refreshing, yummy, and perfect for the summer months.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Choose a Ripe Pineapple
- 2 Where did aguas frescas come from?
- 3 More Agua Fresca Recipes:
- 4 Instructions
- 5 Pro Tip:
- 6 Pineapple for Weight Loss
- 7 For a diabetic-friendly version:
- 8 What is agua de sabor?
- 9 Does agua fresca have caffeine?
- 10 How Long Does Agua Fresca Last?
- 11 Pineapple Agua Fresca (Agua de Piña)
How to Choose a Ripe Pineapple
Smell the bottom of the fruit. When you put it near your nose, it should smell like pineapple.
Also, look for a small amount of “give” when you squeeze it gently. Look for green leaves on the pineapple.
Got leftover pineapple? It’s a good reason to make this recipe and a million times better than soft drinks.
Where did aguas frescas come from?
Agua Frescas (or literally translated, “fresh waters”) originated in Mexico. However, they grew in popularity and are now made in the US and Central America.
More Agua Fresca Recipes:
Agua de Pepino y Limon (Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca)
Agua de Melon (Cantaloupe Agua Fresca)
Agua de Jamaica (Jamaica Drink)
Agua de Platano (Banana Agua Fresca)
Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarind Water)
- Rinse the pineapple.
- Then cut off the leaves and rough sides.
- Cut to remove the center core and discard.
- Dice the remaining pineapple into smaller pieces.
Rinse the pineapple before dicing. You never know who was handling the fruit before you.
Pineapple for Weight Loss
Several studies have shown that pineapple is good for weight loss. It can help decrease fat formation and increase fat breakdown.
Among many Mexicans, there is a weight loss smoothie that women swear helps reduce belly fat. The famous Licuado de Nopal is made with pineapple and cactus.
Scientists say that pineapple makes a great snack because it’s low in calories and is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
- To make the fruit juice, add the fresh fruit and sugar to a blender.
- Pour in a bit of water. Just enough for a quick blend.
The pineapple might already be sweet enogh depending on how ripe it is. Start off by adding small amounts of sugar, then adding more or less until your Pineapple Agua Fresca is to your liking.
For a diabetic-friendly version:
Use Stevia or any sugar substitute.
Also try sugar free simple syrup.
What is agua de sabor?
The best translation for this, it means “Flavored Water.”
If you see “agua de sabor” at a restaurant, ask what kind of flavored water. They will respond with whatever fruit the agua fresca is made.
Mexican restaurants, for the most part, use seasonal ingredients. It is easier to use a general phrase like this on the menu, depending on what is available.
- Once it’s all blended, you end up with fruit water.
- Strain the mixture into a large pitcher.
- Add the remaining water.
Strain to remove any pieces of pineapple that did not get blended. However, straining might be optional depending on your blender.
Does agua fresca have caffeine?
No. Agua frescas are made with fruit, water, and sugar. That’s it.
You might see a soft drink called “Fresca” which is also caffeine free.
How Long Does Agua Fresca Last?
- In the fridge, agua frescas can last up to 3 days.
- In the freezer, it can last up to 12 months.
You’re going to love this easy recipe for Agua de Piña! It’s the best way to beat the heat during the summer months.
Add ice cubes to a large glass. Pour and enjoy! Buen provecho!
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Pineapple Agua Fresca (Agua de Piña)
- 1 pineapple
- 6 cups water (divided)
- ½ cup sugar
- Chop the pineapple into pieces, removing the tough core.
- Add the pineapple and 1 cup of water to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the pineapple mixture.
- Add the strained pineapple mixture to a large pitcher.
- Also add the remaining water and sugar to the pitcher.
- Mix until combined.
- Taste for good measure.
- Serve in a glass over ice.
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