When shopping at Meijer today, I was influenced by the great prices they had on berries to make a Mixed Berry Agua Fresca. Last week I was inspired by Lena’s Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca at Taste of Ann Arbor to create my own version of Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca. I loved having it in the house and wanted to make another version for this week.
Mixed Berry Agua Fresca
To make a gallon of agua fresca, I used 12 oz of raspberries, about 9 oz of blueberries, and 12 strawberries. First rinse your berries and hull the strawberries.
Puree the fruit – I used a Magic Bullet, splitting the fruit into two batches. Combine half of the puree with 10c of water and filtered through *a mesh filter to remove the bulk of the raspberry seeds and blueberry skins. Repeat with the other half. I found that mixing the puree with the water helped to move the fruit through the screen more efficiently than filtering the puree alone.
*A cheesecloth or a coffee filter will filter out more particles. Personally, I prefer some of the finer particles left in the drink, so I prefer the mesh strainer.
Once both batches of Agua Fresca were filtered into a 1 gallon container, I added 1/4c of sugar, chilled, and served over ice.
I love having the fresh Agua Fresca over the summer since I find it more refreshing than regular water, particularly when I am starting to get dehydrated. I am hoping to continue to experiment with different varieties, especially as different fruits come into season. My daughter’s next suggestion is watermelon.
Find Farm Fresh Fruit in Ann Arbor
Of course the best way to make our Mixed Berry Agua Fresca is with farm fresh fruit. Check out our list of U-Pick Farms in Ann Arbor which includes Strawberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry Farms.
If you don’t have the time for picking the fruit yourself, check out a local Ann Arbor area Farmers Market Guide will are a great source for local farm fresh fruit.
Mixed Berry Agua Fresca Recipe
After recreating our own version of a Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca that we had at Taste of Ann Arbor, we changed things up with Mixed Berries. Agua Fresca is a fresh water made with fruit and often sweetened with sugar.
- 12 oz Raspberries
- 9 oz Blueberries
- 12 Strawberries
- 14 c Water
- 1/4 c sugar
- Rinse berries and hull the strawberries
- Puree berries in Food Processor, Magic Bullet, or Blender
- Combine half of the puree with 7c of water and filtered through a mesh sieve to remove the bulk of the raspberry seeds and blueberry skins. Clean the sieve and repeat with the other half and the puree and an additional 7 c of water
- Mix filtered water/puree and sugar in a 1 gallon pitcher
- Serve over Ice and garnish with fresh berries
Optionally, you can filter through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove more seeds and skins.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g