Easy Papaya Agua Fresca with Orange Juice

Papaya agua fresca is a refreshing and delicious drink made with fresh papaya, orange juice, and water. It is naturally sweetened and has no added sugar, making it a healthy and refreshing option for hot days – and also a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.

Papaya agua fresca made with orange juice and without sugar inside clear glass.

On a scorching hot summer day, there’s nothing more satisfying than an ice-cold luscious tropical drink to quench your thirst.

Papaya agua fresca, a traditional Mexican beverage that captures the vibrant flavors of fresh papaya fruit, delivering a burst of natural sweetness without any added sugars.

So whether you’re hosting a backyard fiesta, having a barbecue party, or simply looking for a delightful way to beat the heat, this refreshing papaya agua fresca recipe is sure to become a crowd-pleaser.

What is Papaya Agua Fresca?

Agua frescas are a popular fruit-based drink originating from Mexico.

They are typically made by blending fresh fruits, or nuts, or seeds or grains with water. They can have fresh herbs, like mint, added and they can be sweetened with sugar or honey or piloncillo.

In this agua fresca recipe we are using fresh papaya, a tropical fruit known for its succulent orange flesh, rich flavor, and health benefits.

We are also going to use freshly squeezed orange juice both to help blend, sweetened and add a burst of fresh citrus flavor.

Amigos, this papaya agua fresca with orange juice is such a refreshing and delicious way to cool off on a hot day. Promise!

Sugar Free Agua Fresca Recipe

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I don’t like to use sugar (or sweeteners) in my agua fresca recipes. If I do, the amounts are very low.

The reason for this is because I feel that fruits are sweet enough already, so there’s no need to add a sweetener.

Below are my low-sugar and sugar free agua fresca recipes you can try out.

What Does Papaya Taste Like?

If you’ve never tasted papaya before, you’re in for a treat!

In Mexico we consume the sweet and juice maradol papaya variety.

To me this papaya has a buttery soft texture that tastes like a cross between several fruits. I can taste tropical fruits like mango, cantaloupe, and a subtle hint of coconut.

It’s naturally sweet, juicy and refreshing.

Papaya makes a great snack with a little lime juice and a pinch of salt drizzled over it. Or if you want a spicy touch you can sprinkle Tajin seasoning or chile powder over it.

Health Benefits of Papaya Agua Fresca

This papaya agua fresca recipe is a healthy and refreshing drink that offers a number of health benefits.

  • Papayas are a good source of vitamins A, C, and E.
  • They are a good source of potassium.
  • Are a good source of antioxidants.
  • Loaded with natural fiber.
  • Improve digestion due to their fiber content.
  • Papayas can help to boost the immune system.
  • Believe to protect against cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Papaya Agua Fresca FAQ

Is Papaya Agua Fresca Vegan?

Yes! There’s no animal products used in this recipe. If you are wanting to use sugar make sure it’s a vegan sugar like unrefined or muscovado sugar or agave nectar.

Can I Make This Ahead of Time for a Party?

Yes, absolutely! Simply make the agua fresca then store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Give it a good stir before serving over ice cubes.

Is Papaya Agua Fresca Suitable for Children?

Yes, as long as they don’t have an allergy to papaya, it makes a perfect drink for children. It’s a great way to get more fruit, vitamins and minerals in them without the added sugar of soft drinks.

Can I add Sugar to This Agua Fresca?

Yes you can easily customize this agua fresca by adding sugar or honey or agave nectar. Just wait to add sugar until you’ve blended everything and tasted it. Start with a small amount.

Chopped papaya in a bowl, freshly squeezed orange juice in a small pitcher.

Ingredients Needed

The ingredients are easy to find and you can do so at any grocery store or Hispanic food store.

  • fresh papaya (maradol variety if possible)
  • oranges
  • water
  • ice cubes

I like to add a very small pinch of salt to help bring out the flavors, you can omit if desired.

How to Make Papaya Agua Fresca

Papaya and orange juice being poured into a blender for making agua fresca.

Step 1: Place the papaya, freshly squeezed orange juice, salt if using and water into the blender.

Blending fresh papaya and orange juice in a blender to make agua fresca.

Step 2: Blend until perfectly smooth.

Straining papaya juice into a pitcher.

Step 3: Strain the blended mixture through a fine sieve and into a pitcher. Discard any leftover pulp.

Pouring cold water into a pitcher full of papaya juice.

Step 4: Pour in the remaining water into the pitcher and stir until well combined. Taste and add more orange juice or sugar if desired.

Pouring papaya drink over ice cubes.

Step 5: Pour the papaya drink over plenty of ice cubes and serve immediately. Salud!

What to Serve with Papaya Agua Fresca?

Wow there are so many foods that pair perfectly well with this refreshing sugar-free papaya drink.

The sweetness is great for pairing with spicy foods or savory ones. Let me share some ideas.

How to Store This Papaya Drink

You can stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Make sure it’s in a pitcher with a tight lid on it.

Before serving give the pitcher a good stir then pour over ice cubes.

You could freeze this papaya agua fresca in ziploc bags or freezer safe containers for up to 3 months.

Papaya Agua Fresca Recipe with Orange Juice

Amigos I truly hope you give this refreshing and delicious papaya drink a try. It makes a perfect summer drink that is both healthy and easy to make.

It is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, and you won’t be disappointed!

Papaya drink served inside glasses with blue rim and lots of ice cubes.
Papaya drink or papaya and orange agua fresca inside small glasses.

Papaya Agua Fresca with Orange Juice

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
This is a refreshing and delicious drink made with fresh papaya, orange juice, and water. It is naturally sweetened and has no added sugar. This papaya drink is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Course drink
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan Mexican Recipe
Servings 6 servings
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¼ cups chopped papaya it’s about 14oz or 400gm
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice freshly squeezed if possible*
  • pinch salt optional
  • 5 cups water
  • ice cubes to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the papaya, orange juice, salt and 1 cup of water into the cup of a blender.
    Papaya and orange juice being poured into a blender for making agua fresca.
  • Blend until completely smooth, you can add more water to the blender if needed to get it moving.
    Blending fresh papaya and orange juice in a blender to make agua fresca.
  • Place a fine sieve over a large pitcher and strain the agua fresca into the pitcher. Depending on your blender you may or may not have any extra pulp to remove.
    Straining papaya juice into a pitcher.
  • Pour in the remaining water and stir until well combined. Taste and add more orange juice or sweetener if desired.
    Pouring cold water into a pitcher full of papaya juice.
  • Serve over plenty of ice cubes or store in the fridge until ready to use.
    Pouring papaya drink over ice cubes.

Notes

*If you don’t have fresh oranges to squeeze you can use store-bought juice, just make sure it’s 100% and no sugar added. 

Nutrition

Serving: 6servingsCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 623IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.3mg
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