There is nothing quite like a tall glass of ice cold agua fresca to quench your thirst.
Have you ever tasted agua frescas? You may have heard of horchata (the rice milk drink), or jamaica (hibiscus), tamarindo (tamarind) or ones made from fruits like watermelon, mango, papaya, cucumber, prickly pear fruit…Basically, any fruit can be turned into agua fresca.
The thing I love most about agua frescas is that they are completely natural and way healthier than soft drinks. Plus you can control how much sugar, if any, needs to be added to the drink. This is a big thing for me because I really have to be mindful of my sugar intake.
I love to experiment with less traditional flavours and depending what’s in season or in my fridge. For this agua de zarzamora or blackberry agua fresca, I had a bag of frozen blackberries that I bought specially for creating this new flavour. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. It really hit the spot on this super hot Caribbean day!
You’ll notice that I haven’t used much sweetener, I don’t like it when my agua fresca tastes too sweet or when I can’t strongly taste the fruit used. But everyone’s taste is different so add as much sweetener as desired. Additionally, you can water down the drink more if you’d like.
- 2 cups of fresh or frozen blackberries
- fresh mint leaves, as desired (I used a small handful of leaves)
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons of coconut sugar, or to taste*
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (about a medium one, adjust to taste)
- 4 cups of filtered water, or more if desired
- If using fresh blackberries throughly rinse and set aside to drain. Also before you begin do taste the the blackberries to get an idea of how sweet or tart they are, so you'll know how much (if any) sweetener needs to be added.
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely broken down. If you'd like you may add more water to water down the agua. Taste and if needed add more sweetener if desired. Strain into a large pitcher and either chill in the fridge or serve over ice cubes.
**You can choose how watered down you'd like the agua fresca to be, so add as much water as desired.
If blackberries aren’t your favourite you may want to check out some of the other agua fresca and refreshing drink recipes from the archives
Agua De Pepino ~ Cucumber Cooler
Agua De Sandia – Mexican Watermelon Water
Refreshing Lime-Pitahaya Summer Drink
Prickly Pear And Coconut Water Smoothie
White Cucumber Agua Fresca
Agua De Jamaica | Ice Cold Hibiscus Tea