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How to Make Your Own Agua Fresca

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Agua fresca, directly translated as "fresh water," is a beverage made up of water and refreshing fruits - the perfect drink to cool down with after a hot day or long workout. Agua fresca is common throughout Mexico and Latin America from vendors and at restaurants as a thirst-quenching, non-alcoholic beverage, but you can make it yourself at home with your all purpose blender

Blend Your Own Agua Fresca 
To make agua fresca for yourself and your friends, you'll need your blender, some ice, water, your favorite fruit, honey or agave nectar, mint and a lime. Start off by tackling one of the most popular flavors of agua fresca - watermelon.

  1. Cut half a watermelon into small chunks and add these to the blender.
  2. Pour in about 1 1/2 cups of water and blend until your fruit is pureed.
  3. One of the big differences between agua fresca and a smoothie is that​ the former is pulp-free, looking clear and refreshing. So you'll want to pour your fruit and water through a sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth to catch the pulp. 
  4. Mix 4 to 6 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar into the liquid, and add about 1/3 cup of lime juice.
  5. Add as much ice as you want to keep your hot weather beverage cool.
  6. Use the remaining lime for garnishing the pitcher or individual glasses. Place your sprig of mint into the pitcher to add a refreshing minty flavor as well as an aesthetic touch.
  7. Now just pour your agua fresca and enjoy!

Popular Types 
Watermelon is one of the most common types of agua fresca, but depending on the season and your personal tastes, you may prefer making a different flavor. One of the best aspects of this unique beverage is that nearly every ingredient can be altered to suit slightly different tastes. 

In addition to watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, strawberry, orange, passion fruit and many Caribbean sweet fruits are commonly used to flavor the beverage. The sour lime can be replaced with lemon, pineapple, cucumber or hibiscus to match the sweet fruit better. Rather than using mint, some prefer other accents, such as thyme or chia seeds. The sweetener can be changed from honey or agave nectar as well. Some people prefer to use standard granulated sugar for the taste, but you can even go without and opt to add more sweet fruit for a healthier option. 

Agua fresca is an easy-to-make beverage that's fun, exotic and perfect for relaxing.