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This California Avocado Agua Fresca recipe is a refreshing and nutritious drink that’s perfect for the summer. With creamy California Avocados, zesty lime juice, juicy honeydew melon, fresh mint and just a touch of matcha powder, you’ll be making this drink on repeat. This recipe is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission! All opinions are my own.
What is Agua Fresca?
Agua Fresca is a Mexican drink that directly translates to “cool” or “fresh” water. They are non-alcoholic drinks typically made with fruit, grains or cereals, flowers, seeds and water.
You can make an agua fresca with almost any fruit by simply blending with water, adding sweetener and serving over ice but some of my favourite common varieties include horchata (which, perhaps surprisingly, is considered a type of agua fresca), agua de pepino y limón con chia (cucumber, lime and chia) and agua de jamaica (hibiscus).
Since moving to California, which boasts large hispanic and latino communities, I’ve had the opportunity to try many agua fresca varieties and can confirm they really are the best drink to beat the heat. Best of all, they are generally quite easy and quick to prepare!
Is Agua Fresca Vegan?
Most agua frescas tend to be vegan friendly and dairy free, though milk is added to some agua frescas for additional flavour. Oftentimes, they are sweetened with sugar or agave syrup, so honey typically isn’t something to worry about.
Of course, this California Avocado Agua Fresca is 100% vegan and dairy free, made with ripe, Fresh velvety California Avocados which add a bit of creaminess. To sweeten, this recipe calls for honeydew for natural sweetening, but if you need to add sweetener I would suggest agave syrup as it is easily dissolved into the drink. You can also use granulated sugar or a simple syrup if you prefer but do make sure it is all dissolved into the drink.
How to Make California Avocado Agua Fresca
June is California Avocado Month and it’s the perfect time to make this drink! To make this irresistible agua fresca de aguacate, all you need to do is add your ingredients into a high speed blender, blend until completely smooth and add your sparkling mineral water. Serve over ice with garnish.
California Avocado Agua Fresca Ingredients
Creamy, ripe, Fresh California Avocados add richness to this delicious drink. You’ll need avocado to blend, and you may want to reserve a few extra slices for garnish too!
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Honeydew melon. I always look forward to summer honeydew melon! This provides the base sweetness for the drink and also pairs beautifully (colour-wise) with the avocado and lime. It’s hydrating, refreshing and nutrient rich.
Fresh lime juice. Zesty, bright, fresh lime juice helps to brighten the drink up. Reserve some lime slices for garnish and to add to the drink as well!
Fresh mint. For garnish, but you can also tear up mint and let it infuse in the drink as well if you prefer a more intense flavour.
Sparkling mineral water. Or you can use regular water, but sparkling is more fun if you ask me!
Matcha powder. Optional, but I like to add just a touch, for vibrancy and colour!
Lots of ice. To serve over.
What Differentiates California Avocados?
California Avocados are cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness by about 3,000 growers, on approximately 50,000 acres in California. Spanning from San Diego to Monterey, the Golden State’s terroir and coastal climate provide ideal growing conditions to produce these delectable avocados.
The locally grown California Avocados are picked at their peak resulting in fruit that is consistent in taste and texture.
Tip: To ensure you’re enjoying locally grown California Avocados, simply look for California on the label, available from spring through summer.
Can You Store Agua Fresca de Aguacate?
As this drink contains avocado and sparkling mineral water, it’s best enjoyed immediately! You’ll also want to avoid the ice melting and diluting your drink. Because the drink contains a good amount of lime juice, you don’t have to worry too much about the avocado oxidizing.
If you’d like to prepare some of the components in advance, you can chop your honeydew melon and juice your limes.
This Avocado Agua Fresca recipe is a refreshing and nutritious drink that’s perfect for the summer. With creamy vocados, zesty lime juice, juicy honeydew melon, fresh mint and just a touch of matcha powder, you’ll be making this drink on repeat.
3 cups fresh honeydew melon, diced
1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded and peeled
Add your honeydew melon, California Avocado, lime juice and matcha powder (if using) to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. If desired, add additional honeydew melon or sweetener to adjust to taste. If you like mint, you can choose to blend some mint leaves in at this step as well.
Strain your mixture to ensure there are no chunks remaining, then combine with sparkling water to serve.
Serve over ice with slices of lime in the drink and fresh mint to garnish. Enjoy immediately.
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