Pineapple Agua Fresca Recipe

Today I’m stepping back into the *real* food recipe realm again.

I promise to bring you great new skincare DIY recipes soon…as in next week!

That said…YOU are in for a real treat today, friend!

Emily from Recipes To Nourish has stopped by to share a delicious summertime drink recipe that you NEED in your life. Seriously. I need a Pineapple Agua Fresca right about now. I made this recipe last week and fell in love…I think that you will, too. xoxo

Summer weather has arrived where I live. When it’s 90+ degrees … it’s too HOT to cook! Well, I still find myself cooking … but I use the oven a lot less.

When the heat goes up, I tend to make meals that are simple, quick + don’t require much cooking. I love making up large batches of summer muesli with soaked oats, chia seeds + seasonal fresh fruit. It’s one of my favorite cold things to eat for breakfast and throughout the day.  

By the afternoon, I don’t want to cook at all … I only want to eat cold, frozen treats like homemade fudgesicles + watermelon ice cream. Little Love {my 7 year old daughter} doesn’t mind this at all!  She loves to come from school and get to have a special nutrient dense afternoon treat.   

Hot weather makes me crave hydrating + nourishing drinks. I keep our refrigerator stocked with hibiscus strawberry iced tea, blended watermelon lemonade, vitamin C herbal tea + agua frescas so there’s always a refreshing drink for my husband when he gets home from work.

I started making Aguas Frescas {“fresh waters“} for my husband last summer. As a child, he loved the sweet flavors of honeydew and horchata. It’s been so fun recreating these childhood memories for him … of course I had to “Real Foodify” them though. Authentic Aguas Frescas use water and refined sugar. To make these more nourishing + healthy, I use coconut water {this is totally optional, water is perfectly fine} and raw honey instead of sugar.

If you’ve never had an agua fresca, you’re in for a treat! They are so delicious + refreshing on hot summer days. I think that you’ll really enjoy this pineapple agua fresca recipe!

Vibrant, sweet + tart … this thirst-quenching agua fresca will have you reaching for a second glass. Enjoy! 

Pineapple Agua Fresca - A Delicious Summertime Drink Recipe!
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  • 1 medium size pineapple, remove outer skin + cut into chunks
  • 3 cups cold coconut water* or filtered water 
  • 1 lime, juiced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey (this is HANDS DOWN my favorite raw honey and is quite affordable)
  • Ice made from filtered water
Make It:
  1. Wash the outside of the pineapple – I like to wash mine in a vinegar-water solution. Using a sharp knife, lay the pineapple on its side and cut off the top and bottom of the fruit. Stand the pineapple upright and cut off the outer tough skin of the pineapple. Slice the pineapple in half. Slice the pineapple into quarters. Remove the inner core from the slices and cut pineapple slices into chunks.
  2. Add pineapple chunks, 2 cups of coconut water, optional lime juice + honey to the blender. Blend until pureed and no chunks remain.
  3. Over a large pitcher, large bowl or 8-cup measuring cup, strain pineapple mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Discard solids.
  4. Add 1 cup of coconut water to the pineapple mixture, stir to combine. Refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Serve chilled over ice.

Yield: About 5 to 6 servings.

Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

*Note: My favorite coconut water brands are Taste Nirvana and C20 Pure Coconut Water.

Emily’s Tip: Pineapple Agua Fresca also makes an amazing milkshake blended with homemade vanilla ice cream. There’s nothing better than a tropical milkshake during the summer, right?


Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri, author of Recipes to Nourish, is a holistic-minded, proud homebirth mommy of two amazing daughters. She can frequently be found in the kitchen cooking with the man of her dreams {her husband} and spending time with her girls. She is passionate about REAL food, holistic health, “green” living, natural birthing, baby wearing + gentle/peaceful parenting. She drinks herbal tea infusions, craves kale chips and loves homemade ice cream made with raw honey. In her spare time Emily blogs at Recipes to Nourish, a gluten-free blog focusing on Real Food and Holistic Health. You can follow along and find her on FacebookPinterest Instagram.

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