Summer is the perfect time to have freshly squeezed fruit juice so we thought you’d love this super easy agua de piña. Aguas in Mexico are made with a variety of fruit. Aguas are simply blended and strained fruit with the addition of some sugar and lots of water and ice. I’ve also seen recipes where agave nectar and or honey are used to sweeten the juice.
My kids have always loved juice and they always love fresh aguas. Markets and farmer’s markets are usually exploding with a variety of fruits to choose from during the summer and your kids will love helping you make aguas with their favorite fruit, even if all they get to do is drop the cut up fruit into the blender.
Some of the most common aguas are melon (cantaloupe), sandia (watermelon), horchata (rice water), jamaica (hibiscus tea), limón (lime), pepino (cucumber), and piña (pineapple) so today we are sharing the pineapple version. Why, because we love pineapple in our home and I kept seeing pineapples at the store. So no time like the present to give this agua a try.
Agua de Piña (Pineapple Cooler)
Yield: Servings 14 cups
Light simple syrup (1 cup of granulated sugar and 2 cups of water)
2 ripe pineapples, cubed
8 cups of water
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-heat just long enough for the sugar to melt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down before using.
Agua de Piña:
Place pineapple cubes into a blender and blend. Add 1 cup of water to get blender going. You will have to do this in two batches. Run through a sieve to remove pulp and discard. Put juice into a pitcher and add the remaining water.
Add 1 cup of simple syrup or as much as you like depending on the sweetness of your pineapple and to your liking.
Serve over ice.
Written by Veronica / Photos by Yvette