Agua fresca loosely translated means ‘cool waters’. A non-alcoholic drink using fruits, seeds, cereals and flowers. As cucumber is botanically a fruit, Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca fits into this fruit category. Vividly green and refreshing, enjoy it as a non-alcoholic drink or, as I’ve done in the past, add tequila and either triple sec or Cointreau to it for a margarita. The addition of jalapenos muddled into the mix takes it to another level.Jump to Recipe
Agua frescas are popular in Mexico and Latin America and often sol by street vendors. Luckily for us these vibrate, fun drinks have made their way to the US and are gaining popularity. No surprise really: colorful, perfect for a party, easy to make and compared to many other beverages, they’re better for you, especially if you’re light on the sugar.
CUCUMBER AND LIME AGUA FRESCA
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar or monk fruit sugar or other low carb alternative
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 English cucumbers quite large, chopped into chunks
- 5 cups water, divided
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- Ice cubes for serving
- Mint leaves for serving
- Sliced cucumber and lime for garnish
- Combine the sugar and water together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer and let simmer for a minute, uncovered. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
- Meanwhile, add the cucumber to a blender. Add half the water. Blitz until the mixture is very well blended and almost smooth. It doesn’t go completely smooth and that’s not what you’re looking for. Tip the mixture through a fine metal sieve into a large glass jug or bowl. Press lightly to remove the liquid. Discard the solids.
- Add the remaining water, lime juice and cooled sugar syrup to the cucumber water.
- Fill serving glasses with ice and top with mint leaves, cucumber and lime garnish. Pour over the agua fesca. Makes about 9 cups.