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Cherry Lime Aqua Fresca

by Allison Clayton

I’m a sucker for agua fresca. Whenever I see it at a restaurant, I’m all about ordering it. In my head, I think I think that it is healthier for me…I think. I mean, it isjust pureed fruit and water.

When it comes to making my own, I usually go the watermelon route because it is so damn easy to make but I wanted to switch things up this time. I LOVE cherries, and I feel that I never take proper advantage of good batches of them during the summer.

This agua fresca recipe benefits from the natural sweetness of the cherries so one need ad little sweetener. The lime balances both the sugar from the cherries and the added honey giving it a satisfying sour note.

Cheers to a cool beverage and a new way to use those cherries!

Cherry Lime Agua Fresca
– 2 cups cherries, pitted
– 4 cups cold water, separated into 1 cup and 3 cups
– 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
– Juice of 1/2 lime

Before We Get Started…
– Swap out honey for another sweetener to keep recipe vegan-friendly


  • In a blender, add cherries, one cup of cold water, honey or sweetener, and lime juice. Blend until pureed, approximately one minute.
  • Place a fine sieve, cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Pour cherry puree into your straining apparatus, being sure to press or squeeze as much of the liquid out as possible. Discard leftover puree solids or save for compost.
  • Transfer cherry liquid to container; container must be able to hold at least 4 cups (32 ounces) of liquid. Add remaining three cups of cold water to container and shake gently to combine. Taste and add more sweetener, if desired. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for at least one hour. Serve over ice.

Makes 4 cups