Mexican Pineapple Water, Agua Fresca, is refreshing and delicious. It is basically fresh pineapple sweet water, and it is very refreshing to drink during hot summer months. Agua Frescas are easy to make and can be made with just about any fruit. They are natural, healthy, and are inexpensive when made with seasonal fruit.
Agua Frescas are fresh fruit drinks that are very popular throughout Mexico. You will find these drinks at street stands all over Mexico and also at restaurants. They are usually served from large barrel-shaped glass containers (vitroleros). These delicious fruit drinks are a lot like sorbets, as they freshen the palate. They provide a perfect balance to the spiciness of Mexican foods.
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Mexican Pineapple Water Recipe – Agua de Pina:
Mexican Pineapple Water Recipe - Agua Fresca
1 ripe fresh pineapple*
1 to 2 cups granulated sugar (or to taste), divided**
8 to 10 cups water
* Smell the pineapple when purchasing. You should pick up a sweet flavor. The stronger the smell, the riper the fruit. Turn the pineapple upside down in an empty container for a few hours before you grill it to distribute the sugar throughout the fruit.
** It is hard to give precise measurements on this recipe, because the size and ripeness of each pineapple varies. The amount of sugar needed will vary depending on the sweetness of the fruit, and also your taste. Sugar substitutes may also be used if desired. So - taste your pineapple before adding sugar!
With a sharp knife, cut off ends of the pineapple. Quarter and then cut into eights. Cut off the outside or skin of the pineapple. Then cut the pineapple pieces into cubes
Place the pineapple cubes, sugar, and 1 cup of water in the blender and liquefy (the liquid will be quite thick and frothy). Depending on the size of your pineapple, you might need to process in the blender in more than one batch. NOTE: Use only enough water in the blender to liquefy the fruit. Strain the pineapple liquid through a fine sieve or strainer into your pitcher.
Add the remaining water to your pitcher and mix well. Taste and adjust sugar if more is needed. Also add additional water if needed.
Chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. Serve over ice.
Agua de Melon - Use cantaloupe or any other melon
Agua de Sandie - Use watermelon - Check out Watermelon Aqua Fresca recipe
Agua de Fresa - Use strawberries - Check out Strawberry Agua Fresca
Agua de Papaya - Use papaya with the addition of some lime juice
Agua Fresca de Pepino - Use peeled, and seeded cucumbers with the addition of lime juice.