Mango Agua Fresca

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Mango Agua Fresca is made simply with ripe mangos, sugar, coconut water, and lime. This refreshing tropical drink is perfect for cooling down and staying hydrated on a hot summer day!

Mango Agua Fresca

With summer just around the corner, I’ve been experimenting with tons of refreshing summer drinks to prep for the endless barbecues and pool parties that come along with the season. When I made this mango Agua Fresca recipe for the first time, I knew I had struck gold. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it’s insanely refreshing and naturally sweet, thanks to the fresh mangos and homemade simple syrup. 

All you need is a few minutes of your time and fresh or frozen mangos, coconut water, granulated sugar, and limes. This is the perfect mango drink to whip up, whether you’re craving a sweet non-alcoholic beverage after work or hosting friends for a cookout. Store-bought mango juice is made with artificial mango concentrate; it doesn’t even compare to a homemade Agua Fresca. Trust me, you’re going to fall in love!

One of the most incredible things about this Agua Fresca recipe is its versatility. Want to try a different fruit? Go for it! Not a fan of coconut water? Swap it for regular water. Want to booze it up? Add some liquor. There are plenty of easy ways to customize this mango Agua Fresca to make it your own. Get ready to make your new favorite summer drink!

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Mango Agua Fresca Key Ingredients

Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients you’ll need for this agua de mango (mango agua fresca.)

  • Fresh Mangos: Make sure to use the freshest, ripest mangos you can find at the grocery store for the best-tasting Aguas Frescas. If you’re making this recipe between February and August, look for champagne mango or ataúlfo mango because the flavor is superior to all other mangos. 
  • Coconut Water: Most Agua Fresca recipes call for regular filtered water, but I like to switch things up and use coconut water instead for the tropical vibe it brings. Coconut water has an amazing amount of electrolytes in coconut water.
  • Granulated Cane Sugar: To sweeten up this Agua Fresca, we’ll be making a simple syrup using water and granulated sugar. I like to stick with the best, so I only use Imperial Sugar products. At only 15 calories per teaspoon, this high-quality sugar is low-calorie and free from gluten, allergens, fat, chemicals, and preservatives. 
  • Lime: I love adding lime juice to this refreshing drink. Garnishing this Mexican mango drink with a lime wedge for the pop of color and the refreshing twist the citrus flavor adds. It’s an easy garnish to turn any Agua Frescas into a photo-worthy one.
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How to Make Mango Agua Fresca

Ready to make one of the best party drinks ever? To make this mango Agua Fresca recipe, just follow the easy steps below. 

Step 1: Make Simple Syrup

Heat a medium pot on the stove over medium heat. Add sugar and ½ cup coconut water, then cook until sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside and let cool. 

Step 2: Blend and Serve

Add the simple syrup and mangos to a food blender, then blend until smooth on high for 30 seconds. Pour the mango juice through a fine-mesh strainer over a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to remove any excess pulp. Stir in the remaining coconut water, lime juice, and taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Serve mango Agua Fresca over ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Mango Agua Fresca Tips

Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to help you make the best mango Agua Fresca: 

  • Feel free to add some fresh lime juice to make this a mango lime Agua Fresca. The addition of citrus pairs beautifully with this tropical treat. 
  • For extra flavor, you can add the fresh herbs of your choice. Mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary would all work well. Add the mint and basil to the blender. Add the thyme and rosemary to the simple syrup for a flavorful twist.
  • Want to make it a cocktail? Mix in an ounce of rum or tequila to make your Agua Fresca boozy for the ultimate summer party or cookout. 
  • If you aren’t a fan of coconut flavor, you can swap the coconut water for regular filtered water instead. 
  • If you don’t like mango Agua Fresca or just want to try something else, you can replace the fresh mango chunks with another fruit. Some of my favorite fruits to use for Agua Frescas recipes include strawberries, blueberries, oranges, peaches, watermelon, and pineapple. 
  • For something different, try combining a few of your favorite fruits to make your own unique version of an Agua Frescas recipe.
  • If mangos aren’t in season, you can use frozen mango chunks or mango puree instead.  
  • Blend Agua Fresca 2 hours in advance and place in the refrigerator until ready.
  • I don’t recommend using sweeteners like honey or agave for Agua Frescas because the natural sweetness of the mango is brought out by sugar.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about this mango Agua Fresca recipe:

What is mango agua fresca?

Agua Frescas, also called cool waters, are non-alcoholic beverages made with fruit, sugar, and water. It’s wildly popular in Central America and Mexico and translates literally to “cool water.” 

The Agua Fresca was originally meant to be served as a refresher to cool people down on hot days, which is why it’s the perfect summer beverage. It’s thicker than juice but thinner than a smoothie. 

How much sugar is in Fresca?

If you’re worried about the sugar levels in this drink, don’t worry. Unlike the soda with the same name, this Fresca recipe is made with just ¼ cup of granulated sugar. The rest of the sweetness comes from the fresh mangos, making this a relatively healthy drink.

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Are agua frescas good for you?

Agua Frescas are a great way to get your daily fruit intake. This mango Agua Fresca recipe is made with just four ingredients: mango, sugar, coconut water, and lime. It’s a refreshing, hydrating beverage that’s perfect for the summer months. We get tons of electrolytes to help hydrate in the summer heat by using coconut water.

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How to pick a mango?

When picking a mango at the store, look for one that feels firm but gives gently when squeezed. A ripe mango will also give off a slightly sweet aroma from the stem end, so give it a sniff if you’re unsure. 

How to store mangos?

If you wind up with leftover mangos, you can store them in the fridge for 4-5 days. For mangos, you have already chopped, store them in a freezer-safe storage bag and keep them in the freezer for 6 months. Frozen mango works great in smoothies!

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Mango Agua Fresca

Kenneth Temple
Fresh mangoes and coconut water blended with lime juice make this tropical Agua Fresca perfect for staying hydrated in the summer!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 persons
Calories 573 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Turn on the heat to medium, in a medium pot, combine sugar, ½ cup coconut water, cook until sugar dissolves about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the simple syrup and mangos to a food blender, then blitz on high for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer over a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to remove any excess pulp. Stir in the remaining coconut water, lime juice, taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

Mango Agua Fresca Tips
  • Feel free to add some fresh lime juice to make this a mango lime Agua Fresca. The addition of citrus pairs beautifully with this tropical treat.
  • For extra flavor, you can add the fresh herbs of your choice. Mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary would all work well. Add the mint and basil to the blender. Add the thyme and rosemary to the simple syrup for a flavorful twist.
  • Want to make it a cocktail? Mix in an ounce of rum or tequila to make your Agua Fresca boozy for the ultimate summer party or cookout. If you aren’t a fan of coconut flavor, you can swap the coconut water for regular filtered water instead.
  • If you don’t like mango Agua Fresca or just want to try something else, you can replace the fresh mango chunks with another fruit. Some of my favorite fruits to use for Agua Fresca recipes include strawberries, blueberries, oranges, peaches, watermelon, and pineapple.
  • For something different, try combining a few of your favorite fruits to make your own unique version of an Agua Frescas recipe.
  • If mangos aren’t in season, you can use frozen mango chunks or mango puree instead.
  • Blend Agua Fresca 2 hours in advance and place in the refrigerator until ready.
How to store mangos?
If you wind up with leftover mangos, you can store them in the fridge for 4-5 days. For mangos, you have already chopped, store them in a freezer-safe storage bag and keep them in the freezer for 6 months. Frozen mango works great in smoothies.

Nutrition

Calories: 573kcalCarbohydrates: 135gProtein: 10gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1012mgPotassium: 2955mgFiber: 16gSugar: 120gVitamin A: 3571IUVitamin C: 143mgCalcium: 267mgIron: 3mg
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