Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca

Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca | BoulderLocavore.com

With Cinco de Mayo approaching this weekend, all eyes are on the coveted Margarita!  However not everyone chooses to imbibe and mixing it up with a favorite non-alcoholic drink from Mexico is a sure win: Agua Fresca.  Literally translated to be ‘fresh water’, Agua Fresca is an indigenous drink of Mexico which blends fresh fruits, water and some sugar for a light, refreshing drink.

The first time I tasted Agua Fresca was on my only trip to Mexico visiting friends in Puerto Vallarta.  It afforded my kind of travel; embedding locally and experiencing things as close to what the native residents do as possible.  I personally loved the watermelon Agua Fresca finding it completely thirst-quenching as well as reminding me of something similar made fresh when I lived in Singapore.  In both countries fruit stalls dedicated to making these drinks fresh to order are on the ready to whip up this simple, restorative beverage, especially fabulous in high heat.

Ataulfo or Champagne mangos.  Grown primarily in Mexico they are smaller than the more familiar mango variety however with a thinner pit and no fibers are able to yield more meat with less effort.

Ataulfo or Champagne mangos. Grown primarily in Mexico they are smaller than the more familiar mango variety however with a thinner pit and no fibers are able to yield more meat with less effort.

For a festive version in preparation for Cinco de Mayo I decided to make Agua Fresca with Ataulfo, or Champagne Mangos.  Grown in Mexico for decades, this variety of mango has only recently become popular in the U.S.   Champagne mangos are smaller than the more familiar mango variety, bear sweet, juicy golden flesh without fibers, a thinner more easily removed pit leaving it full of available meat.  Their season is from March to September in Mexico so they can be found in most markets at this time of year.  I love the unusual taste of a mango feeling it truly is not like any other fruit.  Far more exotic than our usual citrus, apples, pears and berries, mangos taste like a tropical vacation!

Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca | BoulderLocavore.com

Champagne Mango-Lime Agua Fresca

Yield: 5 1/2 cups

A festive refreshing drink, this mango Agua Fresca (water, fruit and a bit of sugar), a native drink of Mexico, is perfect to enliven any gathering or to take the edge of hot temperature. Made in less than 10 minutes too.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 cup Mango pieces, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons Turbinado Sugar (granulated sugar can be substituted)*
  • Garnish: Lime Slices

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until liquified. Serve over lots of ice, garnished with a slice of lime.

Notes

*Turninado Sugar is unrefined cane sugar, made from evaporating the liquid from sugar cane leaving a brown, granular sugar with flavor tones of molasses. It is more rustic in appearance and less sweet taste than granulated sugar and was perfect for this recipe. If using granulated sugar, taste the Agua Fresco after 3 tablespoons of sugar before adding more to ensure it does not become overly sweet.

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Comments

  1. says

    Yum! I made a fruit salad with champagne mangoes last night for a fresh dessert. My husband doesn’t like the “texture” of regular mango but he really enjoys these. I’ll definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      They really are much different in texture, aren’t they? I notice it especially when cutting them off the pit. It’s such a battle with standard mangoes!

    • says

      Thank you! Not to dash your hopes but Agua Fresca is non-alcoholic… Certainly doesn’t mean you couldn’t add a little something to it to change that!

  2. says

    Gorgeous! I made a mango drink last week. And I love the teal, chippy paint background! I have something that’s made to look like wood that looks like that, but it’s a vinyl backing. Yours is so pretty!

    • says

      Hi Averie! Mangoes certainly taste like ‘summer’s coming’ don’t they?! Of course for you you are always closer to that warm-weather feel than we are anytime! Thank you for popping by!

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