In Tabasco, Mexico, you see pineapples growing everywhere. Streets vendors sell cups of pineapple slices with chili powder and lime. It’s tough to eat because the fruit is so juicy that the fruit juice runs down your arm.
There’s nothing like Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, during the warmer months. Refreshing, yummy, and absolutely delicious!
Nothing beats the heat like fresh fruit. Now imagine delicious fruit turned into a cool drink… Yeah THAT!
Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña, is easy … SO EASY … to make. It’s really a no brainer.
how to choose a 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.
Where did agua fresca originate?
They 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.
- Discard the core.
- Dice the remaining pineapple into smaller pieces.
Pro Tip: Rinse the pineapple before dicing. You never know who was handling the fruit before you.
pineapple for weight loss
There is no hard scientific fact that pineapple can help you lose weight. However, there are people who swear that pineapple juice 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.
• Add the fruit to the blender with some sugar.
Although the pineapple is sweet, the water is not. Don’t add too much sugar, or you will end up with something overly sweet. If you need more sugar, you can always add more later.
To make a diabetic-friendly version of Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña: Substitute ½ teaspoon Stevia for ½ cup sugar.
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. In this case it is Pineapple Agua Fresca, or Agua de Piña.
Mexican restaurants will run out of ingredients. It is easier to use a general phrase like this on their menu, depending on what they have available.
- Once it’s all blended, you end up with a thick consistency.
- Strain the mixture.
If you have a mega blender, you might not need to strain. However, that is not always the case. To be safe, strain to remove any pieces of pineapple that did not get blended.
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 Pineapple Agua Fresca Last?
In the fridge, it can last up to 3 days.
In the freezer, it can last up to 12 months.
- Add the strained mixture to a large pitcher along with the water.
- Taste for sugar.
Taste the Mexican drink for good measure. Not all fruit is the same. If it needs more sugar, add more sugar.
For those of you 21 years or older, try adding a 4 ounces of vodka. This alcoholic version makes a great signature cocktail.
Add ice cubes to a large glass. Pour the agua fresca and enjoy! Don’t you just love the warm weather months? I do!
Pineapple Agua Fresca (Agua de Piña)
- 1 pineapple
- 4-6 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.