Delicious Pineapple mint agua fresca, fruity drink an excellent thirst quencher with touch of sweetness and lime.
As the weather is getting warm if you are looking for a refreshing drink that can cool you down, then try this Pineapple mint agua fresca. It is made with goodness of pineapple and fresh mint from garden also touch of sweetness from Stevia.
When comes to thirst quenchers I like aqua fresca than any bottled juice as it is made with fresh ingredients and you can also adjust the sweetness depending upon your taste buds.
Agua fresca (Spanish for “fresh water”) uses more water than a smoothie would to flavor the water and not just purée the fruit.
Season of Agua fresca starts from the spring until early fall and can be found in every region of Mexico, also it is an integral part of Tex-Mex Cuisine. These are not exactly smoothies because water and a small amount of sugar is added to the fruit pulp, and they are not just made from fruit, but also from seeds such as Tamarindo or chia (a kind of sage grown by the Aztecs). An agua fresca can be made from flowers as well, such as the one called Jamaica, made from hibiscus flowers. Here is my recipe of Hibiscus Agua fresca.
There is horchata, made from rice, originating in Spain, quite possibly via the Moorish occupation.
These are neither sodas nor fruit juices, but delicately flavored fruity drinks which are well balanced, light-bodied, and not overly sweet.
Health benefits of Pineapple and Mint
Pineapple ((Ananas comosus) is nature’s healing fruit, rich in vitamin A and B and rich in vitamin C and minerals like calcium, phosphorous and iron. It is also a source of bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme. Its anti-inflammatory properties is useful to reduce pain. Adding pineapple to salads and other food, mixed possibly with papaya helps to overcome joint pain.
If you got these healthy ingredients in hand, why wait to make Pineapple Mint Aqua fresca .
How to make Pineapple mint agua fresca ?
This pineapple mint agua fresca is made with only 4 ingredients, Pineapple, Mint leaves, lime , water, and Stevia ( you can use any sweetener of your choice)
This agua fresca is not meant to taste like candy and the number of sugar/sweeteners added depends on the sweetness of your pineapple. The sweeteners are used just to highlight the pineapple's natural sweetness, and the lime juice adds a hint of sour for balance. This drink is usually served with ice.
Can I store the Agua Fresca in the referigerator?
Yes you can. Agua frescas are best served immediately over ice. But if you want to save leftovers or make this ahead of time, it can be chilled in the refrigerator up to 72 hours. When you are ready to serve give a good stir before serving as it may separate over time.
Pineapple mint agua fresca
- 2 cup pineapple chopped
- Half of lime squeezed
- 2 sprigs mint
- 2 cup water
- ½ tablespoon Stevia Infused Agave Nectar/ sweetener of your choice
- Ice cubes
- In a blender, combine pineapple and lime juice, agave and 1 ½ cups water and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with mint and serve.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.