Cucumber and mint agua fresca cucumber-mint-agua-fresca

We had quesadillas for brunch earlier and I thought I’d complete the Mexican theme by serving the quesadillas with agua fresca. I think themed meals are fun — but only when it’s not too fussy. I remember another Mexican-themed breakfast when I made potatoes with chorizo and chili, and enjoyed it with cafe con leche.

I was actually thinking about that delicious cafe con leche as made a mental inventory of the things I’d need for the agua fresca, wondering if I ought to make cafe con leche instead. But there were cucumbers in the fridge, the mint in the garden is thriving and I remembered that we bought a glass carafe a couple of weeks ago that we hadn’t used yet… Perfect!


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeds scraped off then diced
    8 mint leaves
    sugar, to taste


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    Put the diced cucumber, about 4 tbsps. of sugar and four mint leaves in the blender. Pour in about two cups of water and puree.

    Pour the pureed mixture into a pitcher (or a carafe, if you feel like it), add ice, stir and add more sugar if needed.

    Tear the remaining mint leaves, add to the agua fresca, stir and serve.

Cooking time (duration): 10 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 3

Meal type: snack / drink


  1. says

    hi ms. connie,
    i would love to try this one but i don’t know where to find mint leaves. any alternative/s? thanks. love the site, btw. more power!

    • Connie says

      No, sorry. Nothing tastes like mint leaves. They are available in supermarkets, salad vegetable section.

  2. Jol says

    If you can’t find mint leaves, you might try basil leaves, it’s not totally the same as mint but it can give a kick like mint.
    I make watermelon with basil smoothie with sugar and it’s very refreshing.