Summer is simultaneous with lemonade. If you have one you need to have the other or vice versa. Growing up in suburbia, at some point or another every kid had their moment to shine and sell ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. In Oaxaca, Mexico its hot pretty much every day, but you rarely see lemonade sold…ever. Instead aguas frescas is where its at!
Agua fresca literally translates to cool water. It’s made up of fruit juice, water and sugar—the simplest thing on the planet. It’s often seen made with lime or cantaloupe melon but really you can make it with any kind of fruit you can find.
Agua frescas is actually a really important part of Mexican culture and they even have a holiday dedicated to them. Dia de Samaritana is Mexico’s Samaritan day. The tradition comes from a bible story where Mary recognizes Jesus and gives him water from a well. Jesus then sees her offering as heavenly and invites her to his following.
On Dia de Samaritana many local businesses and neighbors offer free agua fresca to anyone who passes by. It’s a guesture to the bible verse and a reminder to help our neighbors and those in need.
As for this agua fresca, I decided to use what I had on hand and combine two tropical fruits: pineapple and mango. The acidity of the pineapple helps to cut the sweetness of the mango and they make the most delicious tropical blend! If you don’t have any tropical fruits on hand don’t worry! Like I said, this can be made with any fruit!
Pinapple Mango Agua Fresca
- 2 cups pineapple chopped
- 2 mangos chopped
- 4 cups water
- 3 tbs sugar or other sweetener
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for at least 1 minute.
- Pour mixture through a strainer
- Chill and serve!