Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Okay, I know this one probably sounds a little weird, but trust me. It’s good. Really good. Eye popping, wow, surprisingly good. Especially on a scorchingly hot summer day.

Agua frescas are refreshing fruit drinks they sell all over Mexico, and that you can find in this country at almost any taqueria. They’re cooling and sweet and are great alongside spicy food.

Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca

This particular agua fresca is made with cucumbers, fresh limes, and mint. My good friend and local caterer Arturo Vargas made this for us the other day, inspired by agua frescas he enjoyed while trying to keep cool in the steamy Yucatan peninsula.

It’s the cucumber juice base that seems to have the effect of lowering one’s body temperature. (Gives new meaning to the phrase “cool as a cucumber”.) In any case, this is a drink that I wouldn’t have made but for my friend who knew I would like it. And now I want to drink it all summer long, and think you will too, once you’ve tried it.

By the way, Arturo tells me you can take the purée solids and use them as a facial mask!

Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 quart


  • 1 lb of cucumbers (about 2 good sized cucumbers), ends trimmed, but peel still on, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from fresh limes (from about 1 pound of limes, or 5 to 10 limes, depending on how juicy they are)
  • 1 1/4 cup packed (spearmint) mint leaves (about a large handful), woody stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Approximately 1 1/4 cup of water


1 Put ingredients in blender, add enough water to fill 3/4 of blender. Hold the lid on the blender and purée until smooth. Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the purée through it, pressing against the sieve with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid out as possible.

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2 Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice cubes. Add the juice. Serve with sprigs of mint and slices of lime.

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  • Rosa

    I made this about a month after it was 1st posted and I loved it, never forgot it. I hadn’t made it again til a little while ago– it’s FANTASTIC!! Why did I wait so long to make it again??? Thanks for the recipe!!

  • heartgirl

    this is good for calcium without having to drink dairy. good for lactose intolerance. I would skip the sugar and go with your suggested replacement though. still natural sugar but its better simply because it has other nutrients in it. plus it tastes good.

  • Bekah Loss

    I’ve been making this stuff for years. If you want to make it without sugar (no guilt, healthier) WITHOUT sacrificing sweetness or taste, add honeydew melon. The melon is sweet enough to get the job done, and pairs so well with the other veggies/fruit that you don’t really get a “melon” taste. It’s wonderful, and I drink tons of it without compromising my diet or workout regime. :)

  • Amber DeGrace

    Delicious! I had a cucumber in the fridge and a bunch of mint on the counter that needed to be used before it went bad. This was the perfect way to use them. Thanks!

  • Erin

    Holy guacamole that’s DELICIOUS! I don’t usually enjoy drinking cucumber; this has made me a convert. My husband brought the party by adding vodka, tasty. This would be a decadent addition to a party bar.

    As recommended, I caked the mash on my face and sat in the steam room. Very refreshing although maybe a little harsh for frequent facial use. Next I will use it on my tired feet!

    Thank you for this fantastic refresher, inside and out!

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