agua fresca popsicles are easy, pretty and SO refreshing (aka, perfect!)
I was asked to make and shoot a variety of aguas frescas for a client recently. I didn’t know what they were, and soon realized it was because they are mostly comprised of fruit. And you know how I feel about fruit.
Agua fresca is a Mexican drink that translates to “fresh water” or “cool water”, and while made with fruit it is quite different than a typical juice drink. Fruit juice is typically made by squeezing the liquid from the fruit, and is often more juice than water. Agua fresca starts with water, and the fruit is blended into it along with some sweetener. This makes for a lighter and more refreshing drink.
And, it turns out, a lovely popsicle too!
I had a LOT of agua frescas left over from my shoot and couldn’t pour them into my molds fast enough. I added some pieces of fresh fruit for texture and visual appeal, and they are truly THE perfect summer popsicle.
Feel free to play around with your fave fruits and sweeteners; you pretty much can’t go wrong here, as long as the fruit is as ripe as possible so that you get the most flavorful pops.
What fruits would you choose?
5 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
4 cups cubed or sliced fruit, peeled and seeded
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Additional cubed or slice fruit for garnish
Make a simple syrup: Bring 1 cup of the water and all of the sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Place the fruit in a blender and blend till smooth. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and blend again. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to extract all of the liquid. Taste and add 1/4 cup of simple syrup and all of the lime juice. Stir and taste, adding more simple syrup if needed (any leftover syrup can be stored in the fridge and used in iced tea or coffee, lemonade and cocktails).
Place a few pieces of fruit into each of your popsicle molds. Ladle the agua fresca into the molds and freeze till slushy (1 – 2 hours). Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.
Remove pops from molds by running briefly under hot water; transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet to re-set for a bit; keep frozen till ready to serve.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
Find more delicious popsicles on my Pinterest board!