Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca

Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca! Cool and refreshing agua fresca made with cucumbers, lime, and mint. Perfect way to cool down on a hot day!

Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca
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 Agua Fresca
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Yield 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 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 cups water

Method

  1. Blend ingredients:

    Put ingredients in blender, add enough water to fill 3/4 of blender. Hold the lid on the blender and purée until smooth.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Strain out solids:

    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.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Add ice:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
125 Calories
0g Fat
32g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 125
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 237mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.