Cucumber Agua Fresca

One way to keep as cool as a cucumber this summer is to blend fresh, crunchy cucumbers into this popular Mexican drink, which means “fresh water” in Spanish. It’s almost like a crisp cucumber salad in liquid form. If you really like mint you can use a little extra, up to about 1/3 cup of chopped leaves, for a stronger flavor. 

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 4 Servings


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Vegetable peeler
Citrus juicer
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons


6 small Persian cucumbers or 2 English cucumbers, diced, or 2 regular cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 cup cold water
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
1 1⁄2 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup
pinch of salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the cucumbers, water, lemon juice, mint, honey or maple syrup, and salt in the blender.
  2. Put the top on tightly and turn the blender to medium to start chopping the cucumber. Adjust the blender to high speed and blend until the mixture is liquid-y and really smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Serve right away (with ice cubes, if you like), or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Stir well before serving.