Upgrade classic ice water with our ultra-hydrating cucumber mint agua fresca recipe.

On a sweltering summer day, few things are as satisfying as a cold, refreshing beverage. And let’s face it — plain old water is boring. Take your drink game to the next level and rehydrate at the same time with our thirst-quenching Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca recipe. 

 

Why You’ll Love This Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca

Hydrating ingredients. This recipe is perfect for those who don’t love drinking water or simply want to switch things up. And adding flavor to your H2O is a great way to encourage more water consumption overall — and a lot more fun, too. 

Less sugar. This aqua fresca will give you spa water vibes without the extra sugar. The drink’s natural sweetness comes from its citrus ingredients and the addition of the mint and cucumber add a bright, fresh flavor without sugar-laden synthetic syrups. 

Nutrient Dense. The citrus, herbs, and veggies used in this recipe are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, so they not only enhance the taste but increase the nutritional value.

Two Glasses of Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca

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Why It’s Important to Stay Hydrated

Hydration is tied to a lot of essential bodily functions, which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated — especially during hotter seasons. When you aren’t drinking enough water, your body feels it immediately. As a result, you can experience exhaustion, aches and pains, and even loss of appetite. Here’s what proper hydration is responsible for. 

  • Body temperature regulation
  • Joint lubrication
  • Infection prevention
  • Mood and energy
  • Sleep quality
  • Cognition 
 

Is Agua Fresca Healthy?

Traditional agua fresca is a blend of fruit, lime juice, and sugar. To keep our recipe refined sugar-free, we’re adding a touch of maple syrup along with a handful of nourishing, healthy ingredients. Here’s why they’re so good for you. 

  • Cucumber: Provides extra hydration, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Lime: Includes antioxidants and vitamin C, which can support immune function, improve iron absorption, and reduce chronic disease risk.
  • Mint: Loaded with antioxidants, this herb may also help with reducing IBS symptoms.

  • Ginger: Another great source of antioxidants, ginger is also an anti-inflammatory that promotes healthy aging, aids in digestion, and is associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. 
Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca From Above

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Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca Recipe (Serves 4)

 

Ingredients

  • ½ of a large English cucumber, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • ½ inch chunk of ginger
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Ice for serving
 

For serving

  • Ice cubes
  • Extra mint leaves
  • Extra cucumber slices
 

Instructions

  1. Place the cucumber, lime juice, ginger, mint, basil and filtered water into a blender and blend on high until smooth. 
  2. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth placed over a bowl to remove pulp.
  3. Prepare your serving glass by filling it halfway with ice. 
  4. Pour the strained juice mixture over the ice and top with sparkling water. 
  5. Garnish with extra mint leaves and cucumber slices as desired. 
  6. Start sippin’!
Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca Straining Ingredients

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