Simple, Fresh and Delicious Recipes Inspired By My Seasonal Garden

Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca

Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca

This Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca is a tropical breeze on a hot day. A thirst-quenching exotic drink to keep you cool this summer 😎 

Originating from Mexico, Agua Fresca means Cool Water. A Refreshing mix of fruit and water, with the addition of flowers, herbs, sugar or cereals. A typical Agua Fresca contains more water than fruit. They aren’t an exact science, so play around with different ingredients and volumes until you reach a flavour that suits your palate. 

Not only refreshing and hydrating, Agua Fresca’s are also packed with vitamins and minerals. Low in sugar (containing only naturally occurring sugar from fruit), and free from nasty sweeteners, flavours, or colours. Making my Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca a healthier alternative to juice, cordial, or soda.

Nutrition
Guide purpose only based on ingredients I used

The inspiration for this Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca came from a recent trip to Florida. Gary, the hubby, is cabin crew for a UK airline. For my up coming birthday he treated me to a quick (72 hour) trip to Florida, on which he was working. 

Ice cold pineapple infused water welcomed us into the hotel reception, a delightful break from the 38oC Floridian heat. The Sunshine State certainly lived up to its name, never dropping below 36oC. The only way to stay cool in Florida is a water, so a trip to Aquatica water park was a must. 

Refreshing Mint, Lime, and Pineapple Agua Fresca

I built up the courage to beat Breakaway Falls, a randomly timed vertical drop, leading into a series of twists and turns! Encouraging (forcing) people onto waterslides, who are afraid of slides, has now become my favourite hobby. We managed to talk our lovely friend, who will remain nameless, into joining us on the majority of the slides. Watching her scream so hard that saliva ran down her cheeks became increasingly amusing as the slides got bigger! I may sound cruel, but she was actually very proud of herself at the end of a fun and action packed day. 

It wouldn’t be a holiday in Florida without a trip to the outlets, Bath and Body in particular! Whilst hunting down the most heavenly scented candles, soaps, and hand sanitisers, I came across pineapple mint, and coconut verbena. This got my brain thinking, how do I mix the refreshing pineapple infused water (from the hotel reception), with the heavenly scents from Bath and Body? 

After a productive day at the outlets we decided to unwind at Disney Springs. We spent the evening eating Mexican food and drinking Margaritas. I was around 3 Margaritas in when the idea for my Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca suddenly hit me!

Back home I wanted to relive my time in Florida. I started playing around with flavours and ingredients until the right combination took my mind back into the glorious tropical sunshine. I give you this gift of Florida in a glass. Give it ago, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Refreshing Mint, Lime and Pineapple Agua Fresca

Serves 4

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

400 ml cold water, filtered for a fresher taste

250g pineapple (approximately half a medium pineapple), peeled and cut into chunks

Juice of one lime

1-2 fresh mint leaves from the garden

Method

  1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blitz until the pineapple has completely broken down. 
  2. Serve over ice with a slice of lime and sprig of mint.

Tip

Strain through a sieve for a smoother drink.

Best served straight away over ice, however it will keep in the fridge for up to 5 hours.

The ingredients will settle if not being served straight away, so give it a little stir before pouring.

Water melon, berries, and peaches also make delicious agua fresca’s. Give them a try and let me know how you get on.

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Sick of plain water? Try my Pink Grapefruit and Garden Mint Infused Water.

Enjoy,

Lee