Agua De Piña (Pineapple Water)

This Agua De Piña recipe makes the BEST Pineapple water, with just 3 ingredients! It’s perfectly sweeten and makes the perfect refreshing spring & summer drink for any gathering.

A jar with agua de pina placed on top of a pretty wood round board.

**This post was originally published on April 2020. It has been updated to be more helpful.

🍍Best Agua De Piña

When we talk about Mexican gastronomy, we must mention the beverages that often accompany our meals, such as the legendary Mexican Aguas Frescas, generously served in markets and restaurants throughout the country.

Agua Frescas is one of those Mexican homemade drinks I love to make all year round, especially during the warm summer months. This Pineapple Water is always refreshing and popular no matter the occasion. It is also very popular throughout the country in Mexico and you’ll sure find it at most Mercados!

What is pineapple water made of?

Similar to other aguas frescas, this drink is just a mixture of fresh ripe fruit, water, and sugar.

Other refreshing Mexican drinks you must consider are Cucumber Agua Fresca, Horchata, and Agua De Jamaica!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This is the real dealIf I had to give you a warning about this recipe it would be that it will ruin your tastes buds for any type of store-bought Mexican fruit drinks. No other fake stuff will ever measure up!
  • Crowd pleaser Everyone will love this agua de pina, weather is for a family BBQ to a fun festive fiesta.
A jar with agua fresca de piña pouring into a glass.

Ingredients

All of the ingredients for this beverage are very simple and straightforward! Here is everything you will need! (Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions):

  • 1 whole fresh ripe pineapple 
  • Cold water
  • White sugar. You can also substitute the sugar with your favorite non calorie sweetener. Simple syrup can be used as well.

Select your pineapple

Since the fruit is the main star of the drink, it must be freshest and ripest you can find. Follow these key points when selecting the perfect ripe pineapple at the market.

  • The Color : It must be vibrant and have healthy green leaves.
  • Firmness: Ripe pineapples should have a firm shell that is slightly soft when squeezed.
  • Smell: Ripe pineapples will have a sweet smell at the base of the fruit and a very pineapple-y smell!

🔪 How to cut a pineapple

  1. Lay the pineapple side down on the cutting board, and cut off the top and the bottom.
  2. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise.
  3. Cut vertically straight through the core (center) of the pineapple. And then cut each half in half again, leaving you with four equal pieces.
  4. Remove the core off of each fourth. And then cut the pineapple into pieces.

Or follow this easy step by step guide on how to slice a pineapple.

Pineapple chunks on a cutting board with a knife on the side.

How To Make Agua De Piña

Making agua frescas could not be any easier! It’s a matter of placing your fruit chunks into a blender, add some water and blend everything until smooth.

  1. Cut your pineapples into chunks.
  2. Place the chunks in a blender with a cup of water.
  3. Blend until smooth all of the chunks have blended. About 1 minute. 
  • Strain the mixture into a bowl then transfer the pineapple water to a large pitcher. Skip this step If you want to keep the pulp in the drink.
  • Add the remaining of the water and sugar. Mix well.
  • Taste and add more sugar or water if needed. 

💛 Health Benefits

Want a good reason to make this drink? It’s good for you!

Pineapple is packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and contains an enzyme called bromelain. Some of the health benefits include: 1) may aid digestion, 2) may promote healing after injury, 3) may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, 4) may support immunity, 5) may support the cardiovascular system.

For more information on the health benefits, visit Webmd.


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Variations

Once you get the hang of how to make Agua De Piña… the possibilities are endless! Here are just a few to give you an idea:

  • Add a squeeze of lime to give it an extra zing!
  • Mix with other fruits: When blending the pineapple, add different fruits for a delicious blend of flavors. Suggestion: mango, papaya, or oranges.
  • Mix with other vegetables: You’ll be surprise how delicious is the combination of fruits and vegetables! Suggestion: cucumbers, celery, or carrots.
  • Make it into a slushy. Add a cup of fresh agua de piña and 1/2 cup of ice to a high speed blender and blend until smooth for a delicious frozen slushy!
  • Make Paletas (popsicles).
Three glasses with agua de piña and a whole pineapple next to them.

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How to Store

  • Refrigerate – Store this agua de pina in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days max in the fridge. If you let it sit too long and don’t drink it right away then the pineapple will start to ferment.
  • Freeze – in ice cube trays in the freezer, and then transfer them into a Ziploc or Stasher bag to keep for later in the freezer.
  • Thaw – Simply thaw on your counter when you’re ready to use, or drop a few cubes into other drinks for an added flavor punch.

FAQs

Can you use canned pineapples?

If you don’t have fresh pineapples, you can also use 2 cans of pineapple for a gallon pitcher. The pineapple juice can be added into the blender as well. Place in blender with sugar to your liking and water. Pour into pitcher add more water stir.

Is it good to eat pineapple everyday?

Fruits are an essential part of the diet and should be included in the daily menu, since the human body needs vitamins and minerals that they provide!

Pineapple has excellent properties. In addition to having a perfect balance between fiber and calories, it contains enzymes, minerals, essential vitamins and a high percentage of water.

3 cups with pineapple water with a whole pineapple on the side.

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Pouring agua de pina into a glass from a jar.

Agua De Piña

Servings 4 people
Ana Frias
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Simple and easy to make this homemade Pineapple water recipe is one delicious sip. Ready to enjoy in minutes, it’s fruity, sweet and so refreshing!

Equipment

  • Blender
4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups fresh pineapple chunks ( or 1 whole fresh pineapple)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 Tbsp white sugar see note

Instructions
 

  • Cut the pineapple into chunks
  • Please the 4 cups of pineapple chunks in a blender with 1 or 2 cups of water.
  • Blend until smooth all of the chunks have blended. About 1 minute.
  • Strain mixture into a bowl then transfer the pineapple water to a pitcher. Skip this step If you want to keep the pulp in the drink.
  • Add the remaining of the water and sugar. Mix well.
  • Taste and add more sugar or water if needed.
  • Enjoy drink over some ice!

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*Ana’s Notes:

You can substitute the sugar with your favorite non calorie sweetener. Just start with a couple of packets and adjust to taste from there.
Agua de Piña will last up to 2 or 3 days max in the fridge depending how ripe the pineapple was to begin with.  

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NUTRITION

Serving: 12oz | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

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25 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks so refreshing, perfect for summer! I’m going to Mexico this year and I can’t wait to try all these delicious drinks you mention

  2. 5 stars
    The store was out of the small cans of Dole pineapple juice (needed for homemade teriyaki) so I had most of an entire can to use up. Most of it will be frozen but I love aqua fresca so I decided to try this. The juice was super sweet so I didn’t add sugar. Once I had it all mixed I decided to carbonate it with my drinkmate. Wow. I had the best tasting pineapple soda. Sooooo good.

    1. Hi Ruth! This recipe will make close to half a gallon (about 6 glasses filled with 8 ounces) so you may need about 7 pineapples or 8 to be safe. You can just a little sugar to balance the flavor to reach the 3 gallons. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is simple, easy and so, so delicious – thank you for sharing! I had most of a can of pineapple juice left over after making a chicken marinade and didn’t know what to do with it. Just adding water and some Equal sweetener packets made the most wonderful beverage for Sunday dinner with my family.

    1. This sounds fantastic Nana!!! What a great way to use the leftover pineapple juice. Thanks for the feedback and really hope you have a fantastic New year!