It's a steamy hot summer afternoon, and you're craving something refreshing. Look no further than this agua de guayaba, a quick and easy Mexican drink that's full of healthy nutrients and will rehydrate you. You'll be wanting a refill of this drink for sure!
This drink is made from four simple ingredients: fresh guavas, sugar, lime juice, and water. Feel free to use yellow or pink guavas, and leave out the lime juice if you don't want it. Make sure the guavas are ripe by gently squeezing them; they should have a slight give to them.
What are guavas?
Guavas are small, round tropical fruits that have a sweet smell and hard seeds. Americans will notice that they taste similar to Bartlett pears, but are not as sweet. These fruits are grown in many countries throughout the world, and are usually enjoyed in drinks, sauces, jellies, or raw.
What are the benefits of eating guava?
This fruit contains high amounts of vitamin C and fiber, and is low in calories per serving. Health benefits may include healthier heart, skin, and digestive system.
What is agua de guayaba?
This Mexican drink is a variation of agua fresca, which is basically fruit-infused water that's been lightly sweetened. The guava version of this drink is made from fresh, pureed guavas, lime juice, sugar, and water.
Is agua de guayaba good for you?
Yes, this drink is healthy if enjoyed in moderation. Many Mexican people drink agua de guayaba to ward off colds because of its extremely high vitamin C content. Each 10-ounce serving contains 150 calories, 4.1g of fiber, and 194% DV of vitamin C. For the full nutrition facts, scroll to the bottom of the recipe card.
How long does agua de guayaba keep?
I'd recommend drinking it within a couple days of making it, but it should be fine in the fridge for up to 1 week. Be sure to keep it sealed tightly inside of a mason jar or pitcher, and discard if it goes bad.
How to Make
Gather the ingredients. You'll need water, sugar, and one pound of fresh guavas. Grab some fresh limes if you'd like to add some lime juice.
Rinse the guavas in a strainer (affiliate).
Slice off the ends of the guavas and cut each one in half.
Place the halved guavas in a food processor (affiliate) or blender and add ¼ cup of sugar and a little of the water.
Blend until the guavas are pureed and smooth.
Strain the guava puree to remove the hard seeds.
Your puree should be very smooth after removing the seeds.
Mix the remaining water into the puree.
If you'd like to add freshly squeezed lime juice, slice the limes in half and use a reamer (affiliate) to extract the juice.
Mix in the lime juice and additional sugar, to taste. You should have 7 ½ cups of agua de guayaba.
Serve this agua fresca chilled or with ice.
Want to change up the flavor of this agua fresca? There's lots of ways to do that.
- Sweetener: instead of granulated sugar, try turbinado sugar.
- Fruit: puree some pineapple, watermelon, fresh ginger, or mango with the guavas.
- Citrus: add a little lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice instead of lime.
- Seasoning: add a pinch of canela (Mexican cinnamon) for something different.
- Be sure to use ripe, fresh guavas for the best flavor.
- Adjust the amount of sugar and lime juice to taste. Some guavas are more tart than others.
- Store leftover agua de guayaba in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Other Refreshing Drinks
- Frozen Virgin Jalapeño Margaritas
- Frozen Virgin Lime Margarita
- Virgin Strawberry Margarita
- Non-Alcoholic Mango Daiquiri
- Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
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Learn how to make this quick and easy Mexican drink: agua de guayaba. This refreshing nonalcoholic drink is perfect for kids, parties, or Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Enjoy a glass of this agua fresca today!
- 1 pound ripe yellow guavas (6-7 guavas; 453g)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (150g)
- 6 cups water (1.4 liters)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, optional (45 ml)
- Rinse the guavas, slice off each end from the fruit, then cut them in half.
- Place the halved guavas in a blender or food processor and add ¼ cup of the sugar and some of the water. Puree the guavas until smooth, adding more water if needed.
- Strain the puree with a mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
- Stir the water into the guava puree. Add more sugar to taste, and the lime juice if desired.
- Serve chilled or with ice. Refrigerate leftover agua de guayaba for up to 3 days.
- The guavas are ripe when they give slightly when gently squeezed.
- Be sure to strain out the seeds, as they are very hard to chew.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: agua de guayaba, guava drink, agua fresca