Mango Agua Fresca-A Refreshing Summer Drink

From our friends at Whole Foods Market, we just had to share this unique drink idea. We thought it would be the perfect for those warm summer cookouts.

This light, refreshing drink popularized in Central America is a terrific thirst quencher on a hot summer day. The trick with making agua fresca (Spanish for “fresh water”) is to infuse the water with fruit essence without turning it into a smoothie or slushy drink. Feel free to experiment with other flavors such as strawberry, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew.

This recipe was inspired by Maria Gonzales, a street food vendor and Whole Planet Foundation borrower, who lives in León, Nicaragua.

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks

1 1/2 cups cold water

1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon agave nectar or honey, more or less to taste

Lime wedge and mint leaves for garnish


In a blender, combine mango and water and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer into ice-filled glasses. Stir in lime juice and agave. Garnish with lime and mint, and serve.

Serves 2

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