5 de Mayo Celebration: Pineapple Tamarind Agua Fresca Recipe

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a refreshing beverage of pineapple and tamarind juice.

Pineapple and Tamarind Agua Fresca on a wood trunk with a pineapple crown and lime wedges on the side.

While Mexican cuisine was always on my top list, now my love has translated into a downright obsession. My cravings lately consist of soft tacos, nachos, huevos rancheros, and mole. Oh, let’s not forget the Margs. My craving may border into Tex-Mex style (don’t judge), but for Cinco de Mayo I wanted something more authentic. There is where this ‘pineapple tamarind agua fresca’ recipe was born. It’s a Cinco de Mayo traditional beverage with my own twist to it.

Agua Fresca, Meaning Fresh Water

The name of this drink pretty much sums up its function, fresh water to cool down. Whether you’re as lucky as I am to live in a warm climate or just have the warmer temperature of spring and summer to enjoy, the pineapple tamarind agua fresca is exactly what you need to not only celebrate Cinco de Mayo but to enjoy life with a refreshing beverage. In order for this drink to do its job, it must be served cold. Not chilled, ice cold with a lot of ice. If you’re serving it in a pitcher don’t add ice to the pitcher or it would otherwise water down the pineapple tamarind agua fresca as the ice melts. Instead, let people add the ice into their own glass.

Pineapple and Tamarind Agua Fresca on a wood trunk with a pineapple crown and lime wedges on the side

Intensify the Flavor

The flavor of the agua fresca has to be softer than, let’s say, pineapple juice taste, but strong enough to not be bland or taste like infused water. The key to achieving a delicious and flavorful pineapple tamarind agua fresca is to cut the fruit and let it sit overnight (or at least for a few hours). This will let the pineapple produce its own juice that will help with the blending.

Then comes the element of adding sugar or no sugar and which sugar to use. This is a personal choice, but I choose not to add sugar at all. I wanted the pineapple tamarind agua fresca to still be healthy and since I added tamarind juice there was no need for extra sugar. I found that the best agua frescas were flavorful but not too sweet.

Pineapple Tamarind Agua Fresca Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Resting Time
8 hrs
Total Time
10 mins

A refreshing beverage of pineapple and tamarind juice for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 750 ml
  • 1 fresh pineapple cut into chunks
  • 1 liter water
  • 0.25 liter tamarind juice
  • Blender
  • Sieve
  1. Let the pineapple chunks rest about an hour in the fridge. 

  2. Take half of the chunks and add them to a blender afterward and blend them until smooth. Take a bowl and place a sieve on top. While running water through the sieve, press the mashed pineapple through it as well. 

  3. Add the liquid to a drink container and add the tamarind juice. Add more water if the taste is too strong or the texture not completely liquid. Cool overnight or at least 5 hours.

  4. Serve with extra pineapple chunks in the serving glasses or the drinking jar and garnish with one pineapple chunk.

Pineapple and Tamarind Agua Fresca on a wood trunk with a pineapple crown and lime wedges on the side.

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