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Agua fresca

Agua fresca

Inspired by a popular drink in Mexico, this is without doubt the most delicious way to keep cool on warm days.

Recipe by: Skye Gyngell

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  • Serves4
  • CourseDrink
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook5 mins
  • Total time20 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 large cucumber (about 600g)
  • ½ x 25g pack mint, leaves picked, plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 100ml fresh lime juice (5-6 limes)
  • crushed ice, to serve
  • 100ml tequila (optional)


  1. Put the sugar and 150ml water in a small pan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthways and use a teaspoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Cut into roughly 2.5cm chunks and put in a blender or food processor with the mint leaves; whizz until smooth. Strain through a sieve, using the back of a ladle to press down on the pulp and extract as much juice as possible.

  3. Pour the strained cucumber juice, sugar syrup and lime juice into a large jug and stir well; add plenty of crushed ice and the mint sprigs. If serving with tequila, add a 25ml measure to each glass with ice and top up with the agua fresca.

And to drink...

If you’re adding alcohol to your agua fresca, try Casamigos Blanco Tequila. Clean and crisp, it has notes of citrus, vanilla and sweet agave, with a long smooth finish.

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