Freshly served with lots of ice, this cucumber agua fresca with a splash of lime tastes just like a summer vacation. Made fizzy or flat, it’s a 10-minute thirst-quencher you’ll love.
Why You’ll Love This Cucumber Agua Fresca
You’ll be keeping whole pitchers of this agua fresca in the fridge once you have that first refreshing sip!
- Alternative to soda. Whether it’s sweetened with sugar or honey, this agua fresca is still way healthier than anything you can get at the store. No preservatives or fillers, with the added benefit of vitamins and antioxidants from the cucumbers.
- Quick. It only takes 10 minutes and you don’t even need to peel the cucumber or strain the mixture if you don’t want to!
- Refreshing. Is there anything more refreshing than juicy cucumber and tangy lime juice? With just the right amount of sugar to round out the flavors, this is the perfect drink on a hot day.
- Family-friendly. Strained and served with lots of ice, this drink is guaranteed to be a success with everyone in the family.
What Is Agua Fresca?
Agua fresca is very popular in Latin America. It’s considered a whole category of water-based drinks that are made with any combination of fruits, veggies, seeds, or herbs. They’re super easy to make, with most of them only requiring you to blend everything together. Cucumber agua fresca is one of the most popular kinds along with Watermelon Agua Fresca.
Cucumber and lime juice are one of the most refreshing flavor combinations. Check the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.
- Cucumbers: I highly recommend using regular waxed cucumbers, as they have a higher water content. Do not use the thin, long hot house cucumber variety that is sold wrapped in plastic.
- Granulated Sugar: Raw honey, agave syrup, light brown sugar, or dark brown sugar are great swaps.
- Lime Juice: Lemon juice works too. Freshly squeezed will give you the best flavor.
How to Make Cucumber Agua Fresca
Just add everything to the blender and process it to make this tangy cucumber agua fresca. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.
- Blend it. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and process them until smooth.
- Strain it. Strain the mixture into a pitcher.
- Serve. Fill the serving glasses with ice, pour, and enjoy.
Tips & Variations
There are several cheats to making agua de pepino (a.k.a. cucumber agua fresca) much easier and even fizzier.
- Add chia. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the mixture after straining will give you another popular variety of cucumber-lemon agua fresca.
- Leave the peel. Save a bit of time and leave the peel on the cucumbers. It’s super yummy and has added health benefits as well!
- Don’t strain it. You don’t have to strain the mixture for this recipe. It’s very common to find un-strained cucumber agua fresca at restaurants.
- Make it fizzy. Swapping the water for sparkling water or Sprite can give your drink a good bit of fizziness.
Can Agua de Pepino Be Prepared in Advance?
Of course! Prepare this cucumber agua fresca as usual and refrigerate it up to 2 days in advance. Don’t add the ice until right before serving so it doesn’t water down. If you’re making the fizzy version, I also recommend leaving out the sparkling water or Sprite until the very end.
Can I Freeze This?
Yes! This recipe can also be made ahead and frozen into ice cubes or in freezer-friendly bags for up to 6 months. Thaw it in the fridge and serve as usual.
More Summer Drinks
- Strawberry Mojito Recipe
- Blueberry Mojito
- Coconut Margarita
- Peach Bellini
- Cucumber Margaritas
Cucumber Agua Fresca
- 3 large cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled
- 2 cups water
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar, honey or agave
- ¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
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