Agua de Pepino (Cucumber Agua Fresca)
Bright, clean and refreshing as can be, my simple recipe for Agua de Pepino is a perfect summertime treat. This cucumber lime cooler is one of my favorite drinks on a hot day, and I have a feeling it will be one of yours, too!
What is Agua Fresca?
A traditional Mexican beverage, agua fresca translates to “fresh water,” but is oh so much more. These thirst quenching drinks are lighter than juice and can be made with many different ingredients including fruits and flowers like hibiscus.
To make aguas frescas, fruits – like the cucumbers in this recipe – are blended into fresh drinking water and lightly sweetened, resulting in a delicious concoction that hits the spot on a sunny day.
Homemade aguas frescas are much healthier and more natural than the majority of bottled beverages for sale. These tasty beverages are made with fresh produce and are mostly water. While many do include sugar, remember that they are only lightly sweetened and use real, natural cane sugar.
Why I Love This Recipe
Have you ever looked at cucumbers and thought, mmm these look like they would be an awesome drink? I never did, but then I tried agua de pepino (literally “cucumber water”) and it was soooo refreshing! There’s a reason all those fancy spas serve cucumber slices in their water – just sayin’.
We didn’t grow up drinking it, but the first time I tasted agua de pepino I was hooked. With the combination of lime and sugar it tastes like limeade and spa water made a tasty baby. Super yummy, super refreshing. Oh, and did I mention SUPER easy?
Simply blend up your fresh ingredients with water (you don’t even have to peel the cukes), strain the resulting liquid into a pitcher, and season with sugar and lime juice. It’s a snap! In literally just 5 minutes you can have this homemade fruit water to enjoy all day long.
At just about 100 calories per serving, I also love that I don’t have to feel guilty reaching for seconds. And it is so tasty that even the kiddos love it! Seriously, friends. Once you try making my agua fresca de pepino, you’ll never look back.
How to Make Cucumber Agua Fresca
This recipe is so easy, even your 10 year old could do it.
In a blender add cucumbers and water and blend until smooth. As a bonus, you don’t even have to peel the cucumbers. That skin will make your agua fresca a beautiful green hue!
Strain the liquid into a pitcher and discard the pulp. Add the lime juice and sugar. Mix well. Serve chilled over ice. Drink and repeat. Perfect, right?
Now do yourself a favor and make yourself a big batch of this agua de pepino. Your thirsty body will thank you for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not really, no. Juice is made just from pressing fresh fruit. For aguas frescas, juice and water combine for more of a fruit flavored water. Not only does it stretch your fruit further and serve more thirsty mouths, but it also means that there is less sugar per glass than you would find in a glass of fruit juice.
Traditional aguas frescas use cane sugar, but you don’t have to. In fact, liquid sweeteners like agave or honey might actually be easier to stir into the drink. You can also swap in your favorite cup-for-cup sweetener if you’re avoiding sugar altogether.
While I prefer it served fresh – it’s called agua fresca for a reason! – this cucumber agua fresca will last for up to three days in the fridge.
If you like agua de pepino, try these cucumber cocktails:
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Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Lime Cooler)
- 2 organic cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 6 cups water
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 2/3 cup sugar
- In a blender add cucumbers and water and blend until smooth.
- Strain the liquid into a pitcher and discard the pulp.
- Add the lime juice and sugar. Mix well.
- Serve chilled over ice.
30 Comments on “Agua de Pepino (Cucumber Agua Fresca)”
Just made this for the first time. Love it…so refreshing and delicious.
Swap meet favorite made at home now
Can lemon juice be used instead of lime juice? Would pineapple compliment the cucumber?
You forgot to put mint , * for garnish
I will try this it seems easy. Sounds refreshing
Easy and tasty
This is so delicious and easy to make! I leave the peeling on and love the vibrant green color. This is a great way to use up my abundance of cucumbers from my garden.
Just loved the drink. With the onset of the summer period this drink brings a rejuvenation refreshness, the perfect amount of sweetness and a little bit of lime makes it an everyday drink.
I made it today and it was sooooo good!
me interesa que las reccetas se den en español, no soy experta en inglés
Looks good – wonder if using Stevia, Agave or maple syrup instead of sugar would be good … guess it’s experiement time in the kitchen!
This is sooooo good! I love making this during the summer along with agua de sandia and jamaica. This is what our kids should be drinking instead of sodas.
Nice recipe for agua de pepino. Sometimes when I make this, I also add a small piece of celery–just for a change. Beautiful photos as always.
Update! I made it and it was GOOOOOOOD! So easy to make! It was perfect today too because it’s so hot (95). This is gonna be a regular drink for us now. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
So glad you loved it Stephanie. Can’t wait to see your blog post. Stay cool with that crazy weather. Yikes!
I Love love love Aguas frescas more than sodas and bottled juices but have never tried Agua de pepino. Sounds super easy to make too. Going to the grocery store to pick up some pepinos tonight 😉
Can I share it on my little blog? With due credit of course!
This is seriously on my to make list for this weekend. So refreshing! Would it compliment cucumber sandwiches?
Rachel: I can only imagine that cucumbers + cucumbers = ahhhmazing. Super refreshing. YUM!
I’ve been wanting to try a cucumber cooler or agua fresca lately. It looks and sounds like the perfect summertime refreshment!
Agua de pepino is one of my favorites! I’ going to make some today 🙂
I made this last summer, not exactly this recipe, but very similar. So delicious! When my dad tasted it, without knowing what it was, he guessed honeydew melon!
This looks so refreshing and delicious for hot summer days! I agree that some fresh mint may just push this over the top!
I was introduced to this drink years ago to one of my trips to tijuana, but they added mint-and yes it’s delicious! came home, and have made it ever since. just add a few leaves to cucumber mixture when blending. try it.
I love mint, so I will definitely try it out. Gracias Dolores!
We are drinking a lot of aguas frescas in this hot weather we are experiencing. Agua de Pepino is always a favorite–and blends nicely with a bit of pineapple as well.
Wow!!! I bet some fresh pineapple added to it would be fantastic! I’m gonnaa try it out this weekend. Thank you!
For a nice adult agua fresca pour over some muddled mint leaves, a shot of rum, and a little bit of simple syrup. A cucumber mojito!
Oh Veronica, I love mojitos!!! You are speaking my language!!! We actually have a cucumber mojito recipe: https://muybuenocookbook.com/2011/10/cucumber-mojito/