This Pineapple Water (also known as Pineapple Agua Fresca) is easy, refreshing and simple. It’s vegan, 3-ingredients and the best agua fresca! Perfect for serving all-year-round! This agua fresca uses mint to add a little extra pizzazz.
Pineapple is my favorite fruit, by far! It’s a savory and sweet combination and can be used in so many preparations! In desserts like Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream or even savory like Vegan Cauliflower al Pastor Tacos.
Highlights of this Recipe
This recipe is:
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Fresh Pineapple. Substitute for pineapple chunks or canned pineapple.
- Cold Water.
- Agave Nectar. Substitute for any sweetener of choice: maple syrup, white sugar, honey, monk fruit sweetener or coconut sugar.
- Mint Leaves. Substitute for basil or omit.
STEP ONE: Cut the pineapple into medium-sized chunks.
STEP TWO: Add pineapple chunks, mint leaves, water and sweetener into the blender.
STEP THREE: Blend until smooth, about 60-seconds.
STEP FOUR: Strain the pineapple water into a pitcher. (Totally optional!)
STEP FIVE: Add remaining water and more sugar as needed.
How to Cut a Pineapple
STEP ONE: Cut off the top and bottom.
STEP TWO: Remove all of the skins, standing the pineapple up on its flat bottom.
STEP THREE: Remove any leftover "eyes" (aka the dark brown spots).
STEP FOUR: Cut ½" thick rings by laying the pineapple on its side.
STEP FIVE: Lay the rings flat side down and slice medium-sized chunks.
Tips, Tricks & Frequently Asked Questions
Straining Agua Fresca
Traditionally, you don’t strain the pulp from agua fresca. To keep the most nutrients you can keep the pulp. If you prefer a smoother drink, strain.
How long can you keep pineapple agua fresca in the fridge?
Agua frescas only last in the fridge 2-3 days. Specifically, pineapple begins to ferment when sitting out for too long. (Pineapple ferments almost like kombucha and becomes a drink called tepache!)
Fresh or canned pineapple?
If you prefer, you can use canned pineapples instead of one fresh one. Swap out 1 whole pineapple for two cans of pineapple.
How to Serve
When serving this pineapple juice, use frozen pineapples instead of ice to keep the drink cold!
Variations to Pineapple Water
There are many variations that can be made to this pineapple water.
- Swap cold water for coconut water.
- Add lime juice.
- Add orange, strawberry, ginger, or mango.
- Simple Pineapple Ginger Immunity Juice
- Orange Agua Fresca / Agua de Naranja
- Cucumber Agua Fresca (Agua de Pepino)
- Blender Lemon Ginger Cayenne Immunity Shot
Pineapple Water / Agua de Piña
- 1 Pineapple Whole
- 2 TBSP Agave Nectar
- 4 Cups Water separated
- ¼ Cup Fresh Mint Leaves washed thoroughly
Cut the Pineapple
- Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
- Remove all of the skins, standing the pineapple up on its flat bottom. Remove any leftover “eyes” (aka the dark brown spots).
- Cut ½” thick rings by laying down the pineapple on its side. Lay the rings flat down and slice medium-sized chunks.
Make the Agua Fresca
- Add the pineapple chunks, 3 cups of cold water, the fresh mint leaves, and agave nectar into the blender.
- Blend until smooth, about 60-seconds.
- Pour the blended pineapple water into a pitcher. (NOTE: An authentic agua fresca is not strained, but I highly recommend straining it to avoid the thickness of the purée if you’re not used to it)
- Add remaining 1 cup of water. Stir.
- Taste the pineapple water for sweetness and add more if you prefer.
- Pour immediately over ice or keep in the fridge for 30-minutes to cool.
- Keep in the fridge for 2-3 days maximum.