Aqua Fresca

Aqua Fresca


I just got back from Mexico and my favorite drink there was a basil-lime aqua fresca.  It is so delicious and refreshing that I thought I would replicate it at home.

Aqua Fresca Recipe

If you’re going to make them you might as well make a party out of it!  I pulled up my thrifted metal cart and Katie started mixing!

We made fruit purees out of  fresh fruits.  You could use whatever fruit sounds good to you.  I used my food processor.   Then we juiced some lemons and limes, pulled some fresh herbs, and made a simple syrup with one cup of water and one cup of sugar simmered together.


My favorite is basil, cucumber, lime, simple syrup and good old Rocky Mountain tap water.   An aqua fresca is meant to be refreshing and not too sweet.  You want to be able to taste the water.


Katie liked the watermelon, mint, lemon, club soda and simple syrup.


Just put a tablespoon or two of any puree that you like, add some herbs and crushed ice and muddle them together.


You could use club soda and fruit purees to make a healthy alternative to sugary sodas!

Aqua Fresca Recipe

Of course you could add alcohol, but we wanted to keep ours family friendly.  


Here is to a sweet summer weekend!

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  • thriftdee September 03, 2013 at 01:38am

    It must be my love of Norwegians!

  • lia September 02, 2013 at 06:02am

    Great recipes. Just one thing– it’s aGua fresca, as in agua=Spanish for water not Aqua=Norwegian Pop Group who sang “Barbie Girl”.

  • AnnW June 08, 2013 at 02:17am

    Thanks for this! It’s been a long time since you posted a recipe.

  • kristen June 07, 2013 at 05:57pm

    LOVE this!!!