Easy Agua de Piña | Mexican Pineapple Agua Fresca

Agua de piña, or Mexican pineapple agua fresca, is a refreshing, a little tart, healthy and deliciously sweet drink to help you quench your thirst. This recipe needs just 3 ingredients and it’s also sugar free!

Ice cold agua de piña or Mexican pineapple agua fresca
Ice cold agua de piña or Mexican pineapple agua fresca

What is Agua de Piña

Agua frescas are Mexican coolers made out fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and water. The ingredients are blended together to make the most refreshing and thirst quenching drinks.

Some of the most popular flavors are agua de jamaica, agua de sandia, tamarindo, agua de melon, horchata, agua de pepino — and agua de piña doesn’t fall far behind.

Pineapple agua fresca is made with fresh pineapple chunks, water, and a type of sweetener. In this recipe we’re going to keep think healthy and not use any type of sweeter, we’re going to rely solely on the sweetness of pineapple.

But if you like things sweeter you can of course add as desired.

This refreshing, slightly tart, light, sweet, fruity, tropical drink is one you simply must try. Did I mention it’s a healthy drink too?

I sometimes also add chia seeds for extra health benefits. Check it out below as well as other variations to this agua fresca.

Pineapple Health Benefits

This delicious fruits is believed to have a very long list of health benefits. Generally considered safe for consumption by all — though of not so if you have an allergy, of course. In the case of diabetics they need to monitor their blood sugar levels when consuming this or other overly sweet fruits.

  • Pineapples are loaded with antioxidants
  • They aid digestion
  • Are known to help with inflammation
  • It’s a good source of Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamins B, Copper, Potassium, and Magnesium
  • Great source of dietary fiber
Delicious recipe for sugar free agua de pina.`
Delicious Agua de Pina without Sugar

How to Choose the Perfect Pineapple

I think this is one of the easiest fruits to choose.

Color: The first thing to look at is the color. You want a pineapple that’s yellow or golden. Pineapples that are still green won’t be ripe enough, aren’t juicy and definitely not sweet enough.

Smell: It should have a pleasantly sweet tropical scent to it. Make sure you check the bottom of the pineapple and avoid ones that may have an unpleasant smell or have a greyish discoloration. The bottom too will have the same pleasantly sweet smell.

Touch: When a pineapple is ripe and juicy, it will have the outer peel or shell feel a bit soft but not mushy at all. It should give a little.

Fun Facts About Pineapples


  • They got their name because they resemble a pine cone.
  • Pineapples contain a digestive enzyme called bromalein which is believed to help with digestion and to break down protein.
  • They take 18 to 20 months to fully grow and be ready for harvest.
  • You can grow a brand new pineapple from the discarded crown. I’ve done it!

Agua Fresca Without Sugar

So if you’ve been around my blog for a while now you’ll notice that I’m not a big fan of overly sweet drinks.

I drink my coffee without sugar!

When it comes to agua fresca I really do feel that it’s unnecessary to add more sweetness to something that’s all ready sweet. Just my honest opinion.

So I tend to make about 90% of my agua fresca recipes without sugar. But if you like to things a bit sweeter I’ve included plenty of tips on what sweeteners to use.

The important thing is to taste whatever fruit you are using before adding any sugar or sweetener. This way you’ll be able to gage how much you’ll need for your own personal taste.

Ingredients to Make Pineapple Agua Fresca without Sugar
Ingredients to Make Pineapple Agua Fresca without Sugar

Ingredients

To make pineapple agua fresca you’ll need just a few ingredients. Notice that the 3 traditional ones are pineapple, water and sugar. My recipe ingredients are a bit different.

  • Pineapple: Try to find the freshest, juiciest, most sweetest one you can get. If you have a Mexican food store near you and they sell pineapples from Mexico, make sure you get one. If not ones that come from the Caribbean will always be sweeter than the Hawaiian ones.
  • Water: Use cold water, preferably cold filtered water. That’s what I always use.
  • Lime Juice: You’ll need one small Mexican lime or key lime if you want to add that extra citrusy flavor to this drink. It’s not the most traditional thing to add but I love adding it (and a pinch of salt) to many of my agua fresca recipes.
  • Chia Seeds: This is completely optional but it adds not only a fun look to the drink, but also lots of health benefits too.
Whole chia seeds for agua fresca.
Whole Chia Seeds

How to Make Agua de Piña

Prepare the fresh pineapple (you can see the link below for a tutorial on how to cut the pineapple), place it in the blender, pour in or squeeze in the lime juice, then pour in a little more than half of the water called for in the recipe. Blend until completely smooth.

In a large pitcher pour the chia seeds then place a colander over it. Strain the blended pineapple juice. Use a spatula or spoon to help you squeeze out as much of the juice as possible. If you have to, work in small batches to avoid a mess.

Discard the leftover pulp then pour in the remaining cold water into the pitcher. Give the agua a very good mix. Place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or until ready to use. You’ll allow the chia seeds to fully hydrate and the drink to further chill.

Serve chilled and over plenty of ice cubes. You can decorate with a slice of lime and a few pieces of pineapple, if desired. Enjoy!

How to serve pineapple agua fresca or agua de pina.
Serve Chilled and Over Plenty of Ice Cubes

How to Store Leftovers

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days. After about 3 days the taste will start to change and not be it’s best.

Freezing is also an option. You can store in a freezer safe container — or better yet, make paletas with the leftovers!

Variations

As you can see my recipe is a bit different than many traditional ones. Adding chia seeds gives the drink a fun look to it, as well as the health benefits. Below are some more delicious variations you could try.

  • Add sparkling water or club soda for a bubbly touch to it, similar to a softdrink.
  • Spike it! Make an fun adult version by spiking it with rum or tequila or vodka all go great with pineapple.
  • Add ice to make it a slushy drink — if you add tequila you can turn it into a skinny margarita.
  • If you add ice you could serve it just like a mangonada with the chamoy. So yum!

Other fruits that combine well with pineapple are orange, strawberry and mango too.

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Tacos de Papa

Ways to Enjoy Pineapple Agua Fresca

Wow there’s so many delicious ways to enjoy this pretty and summery drink. Like just on it’s own while sitting to read a good book and enjoying the summer breeze.

But it’s also great when served at BBQs, cookouts, family gatherings, fiestas…or just a family lunch or dinner.

Some dishes you could serve this agua de piña would be with tacos de papa, a pambazo, torta de milanesa, Mexican macaroni salad, molletes and countless others.

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Common Questions Answered

How to Cut a Pineapple

If you want to know the easiest way to cut a pineapple to make your agua fresca, then watch this easy tutorial on YouTube.

Can You Use Canned Pineapple

I’ll point out that I much prefer fresh fruit, but in a pinch if you only have canned available you could use it. Buy canned that is just water and not sweetened. If you want additional sweetness you could also add it. For extra or stronger pineapple flavor you could also use 100% pineapple juice if desired.

Can You Use Frozen Pineapple

Yes you can! In my opinion frozen will be a better option than the canned. Plus there’s the whole convenience factor too. You can defrost it for a similar texture to mine, or use it frozen and make more of a slushy — this is a great opportunity to add that alcohol for a spiked version.

Should You Strain The Pulp

If you have a very powerful blender then you really shouldn’t need to. For many agua frescas I don’t normally strain, but pineapple is quite fibrous so I do. It’s not fun having to pick out small bits from your mouth.

Can You Add Sugar or Sweetener to Agua Fresca

Yes this is a personal preference. You could use unrefined sugar, agave syrup, stevia, honey or even piloncillo — this last one will give you a slightly different taste and color.

How to Make Mexican Pineapple Agua Fresca.
Ice cold agua de piña or Mexican pineapple agua fresca

Easy Agua de Piña | Mexican Pineapple Agua Fresca

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Agua de piña, or Mexican pineapple agua fresca, is a refreshing that needs just 3 ingredients and it’s also sugar free!
5 from 20 votes
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican, Mexican vegan, vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 70 kcal

Equipment

  • blender
  • strainer
  • wooden spoon
  • large pitcher for serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 lbs. pineapple chunks the weight is after peeling
  • 1 small lime juiced optional adjust to taste or tartness of your pineapple
  • 5 cups water divided and add more or less according to your taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds optional
  • ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the fresh pineapple (you can see the link below for a tutorial on how to cut the pineapple), place it in the blender, pour in or squeeze in the lime juice, then pour in a little more than half of the water called for in the recipe. Blend until completely smooth.
    How to Make Agua de Pina in a Blender
  • In a large pitcher pour the chia seeds then place a colander over it. Strain the blended pineapple juice. Use a spatula or spoon to help you squeeze out as much of the juice as possible. If you have to, work in small batches to avoid a mess.
    Chia seeds to make Mexican agua fresca.
  • Discard the leftover pulp then pour in the remaining cold water into the pitcher. Give the agua a very good mix. Place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or until ready to use. You’ll allow the chia seeds to fully hydrate and the drink to further chill.
  • Serve chilled and over plenty of ice cubes. You can decorate with a slice of lime and a few pieces of pineapple, if desired. Enjoy!
    How to serve pineapple agua fresca or agua de pina.

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Notes

  • Add sparkling water or club soda for a bubbly touch to it, similar to a softdrink.
  • Spike it! Make an fun adult version by spiking it with rum or tequila or vodka all go great with pineapple.
  • Add ice to make it a slushy drink — if you add tequila you can turn it into a skinny margarita.
  • If you add ice you could serve it just like a mangonada with the chamoy. So yum!
Other fruits that combine well with pineapple are orange, strawberry and mango too.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword agua fresca, piña, pineapple
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Serve with garnish to make it look fun and pretty!

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30 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This sounds like a great summer drink! Very refreshing! Exciting to give it a try! Thanks for the share!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so refreshing, tastes like summer holiday in a glass! We added club soda for extra sparkling fizz!

  3. 5 stars
    I like that this agua fresca recipe doesn’t have a ton of sugar because most usually do. The addition of chia seeds is an interesting twist, I’m definitely making it this weekend to enjoy on our patio!

    1. Yes, I’m not a fan of sugar in my agua fresca. I feel that if the fruit is sweet already it doesn’t need sugar added. Thank you so much and enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe. I am a huge fan of pineapple. I did half and half flat and sparkling water to give me some bubbles. Great for sitting by the pool. Also great with a little tequila too!

  5. 5 stars
    I really love how this isn’t sugary. I’m guessing the pineapple sweetens it enough – such a clever idea and one I’ll be trying!

  6. 5 stars
    This was so refreshing and delicious! I totally agree with you about overly sweet drinks. The pineapple was plenty sweet. I will definitely be making this again over the summer.

  7. 5 stars
    This drink looks incredible! I enjoyed your fun facts about pineapples and I had NO idea how long it took for pineapples to grow!

  8. 5 stars
    They serve this at our Mexican market and it’s so good so I am glad to have your recipe to make it myself. Plus I love the added chia seeds. Also, thanks for the info on how to by a pineapple.

  9. 5 stars
    I feel refreshed by just looking at the pictures! This drink tasted absolutely delicious and thanks to your recipe it was so easy to make!

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