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SOMETHING SIMPLE: Cucumber-Mint Agua Fresca

This refreshing beverage can keep you cool when the weather heats up.
agua fresca

Popular throughout Mexico and Central America, aguas frescas are typically made by blending fruit, water, and a bit of sweetener. This version uses cucumbers for an extra-hydrating, ultra-refreshing summer drink.

  • Makes 5 cups
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 cups chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup packed fresh mint
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • Ice for serving


Place the water, cucumber, mint, honey, lime juice, lime zest, and ginger in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to strain the solids. Compost the scraps.
Serve the strained agua fresca over ice, with a sprig of mint or a lime wheel if desired.

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Maddie Augustin

Maddie Augustin is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer.


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