Refreshing Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca: Your Perfect Summer Beverage

Summer is here, and there’s nothing quite like a refreshing drink to help you beat the heat. One of my favorite go-to beverages is Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca. It’s light, hydrating, and incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hosting a backyard BBQ, this drink is sure to be a hit!

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua fresca, which translates to “fresh water,” is a popular beverage in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. It’s typically made with water, fruit, and a touch of sweetness. The variations are endless, and you can get creative with your favorite fruits and flavors. Today, we’re focusing on a classic combination: cucumber and lime.

Why Cucumber Lime?

Cucumber and lime are a match made in heaven. The cucumber provides a cool, crisp flavor, while the lime adds a zesty, tangy kick. Together, they create a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days. Plus, both cucumber and lime are packed with nutrients and have hydrating properties, making this drink not only delicious but also good for you.


To make cucumber lime agua fresca, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 5 large cucumber
  • 4-5 limes
  • 7-8 cups of cold water
  • 3/4 cups of sugar (or your choice of sweetener)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Cucumber: Peel the cucumber if desired (the skin can be a bit bitter, but it’s also nutritious). Cut the cucumber into chunks.
  2. Juice the Limes: Roll the limes on the counter to release the juices, then cut them in half and squeeze out the juice. You should get about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lime juice.
  3. Blend: In a blender, combine the cucumber chunks, lime juice, sugar, and 4 cups of cold water. Blend until smooth.
  4. Strain: For a smoother agua fresca, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher to remove the pulp. If you prefer a more rustic drink, you can skip this step.
  5. Mix: Add the remaining 3 to 4 cups (I usually only add 3, 4 if you want a lighter taste) of cold water to the pitcher and stir well. Taste and adjust the sweetness if necessary.
  6. Serve: Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the agua fresca over the ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired as well as some lime slices.

Tips and Variations

  • Adjust the Sweetness: Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste. You can also use honey, agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener.
  • Add a Kick: If you like a little spice, add a few slices of jalapeño or a dash of chili powder for a spicy cucumber lime agua fresca.
  • Make it Sparkling: For a fizzy twist, use sparkling water instead of still water.
  • Batch it Up: This recipe is easily scalable. Just multiply the ingredients based on the number of servings you need.

Health Benefits

Cucumber lime agua fresca isn’t just refreshing; it’s also packed with health benefits:

  • Hydration: Both cucumber and lime are high in water content, making this drink incredibly hydrating.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins K and C, while limes are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Detoxifying: Cucumbers have detoxifying properties and can help flush out toxins from your body.

Cucumber lime agua fresca is the perfect beverage to enjoy during the hot summer months. It’s easy to make, refreshing, and packed with health benefits. Whether you’re relaxing at home or entertaining guests, this drink is sure to impress. Give it a try and let me know how you like it in the comments below!  You can also watch the video on how I made mine below.