Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (Dairy-Free)

A variation from the traditional agua de fresa, this Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca is dairy-free, but just as deliciously refreshing and perfect for the summer.

Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (dairy-free)

Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (Dairy-Free)

With summer upon us my sister and I brainstormed new content for the blog that is perfect for the summer months. We came up with some great ideas that I am excited to share with you.

Today, I am kicking off what I am referring to as “Sabores del Verano” (Flavors of Summer) with a delicious recipe for Strawberry Agua Fresca.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from first, my love of aguas frescas, and secondly from a recent launch of the cotton candy flavored nutpods.

If you are not familiar with nutpods, it is a brand of dairy-free coffee creamers made with  coconut cream and almonds. It is creamy, has a great flavor, and is sugar-free. Now, this post is not sponsored, however I love their creamers so much that I find any excuse to use them.

The new cotton candy flavor has notes of strawberries and raspberries that led me to think it would be perfect in strawberry agua fresca. And I was right!

What are Aguas Frescas?

Let’s first talk a little about aguas frescas. The term “aguas frescas” literally means fresh waters. These drinks are extremely popular in Mexico and consist of fresh fruit, cereals, flowers or seeds blended with sugar and water to create a refreshing type of juice.

Typically strawberry agua fresca, or agua de fresa, has some sort of milk, like evaporated milk, to make it nice and creamy. In this recipe I have swapped out the milk for the cotton candy nutpods. Not only does it add a great creaminess, but the hint of strawberry and raspberries compliment the juice so well and it is dairy-free.

However, if you prefer to use evaporated milk, I have included that option in the recipe below.

How to Wash Strawberries

Washing strawberries

Now before we get into the recipe, I want to note how important it is to wash your strawberries thoroughly.

Strawberries continually show up on the “Dirty Dozen” list. This list includes fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of  pesticides.  Because of this, it is highly recommended to purchase organic strawberries. Yet whether you’re buying organic or non-organic, it is a good idea to give them a good wash. Here is a great method to wash your strawberries:

  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar.
  3. Gently move them around to make sure all the strawberries are cleaned.
  4. Let soak for about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain and rinse the fruit in a colander.

Now your strawberries are ready to use, so let’s make some agua fresca.

How to Make Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients for Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (dairy-free)

To begin, add 3 cups of washed and hulled strawberries to a blender. You will also add:

  • 3 cups of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of agave or honey (add more or less based on your taste, you can also use granulated sugar if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cups of cotton candy nutpods (you can also use original nutpods or evaporated milk, however these won’t add the extra touch of flavor from the cotton candy)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (this is optional but adds great flavor)

Blend everything until smooth. If you like you can strain the agua fresca using a fine mesh sieve but it is not necessary.

Serve over ice and garnish with pieces of strawberry.

There you have it! A super simple recipe, but so delicious, refreshing and perfect for the summer.

If you are interested in trying the cotton candy nutpods to make some of this Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca, you can order some at nutpods.com. Plus, use my code, EVERYDAYLATINA, and get 15% off your first order.

I hope you enjoy!

Please leave me a comment below if you make this or tag me on Instagram @everydaylatina.

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Check out these Strawberry-Coconut Cream Paletas (Popsicles) that are also dairy-free and so good!

Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (dairy-free) with nutpods

Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca (Dairy-Free)

A variation from the traditional agua de fresa, this Creamy Strawberry Agua Fresca is dairy-free, but just as deliciously refreshing and perfect for the summer.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Author Gemma from Everyday Latina

Ingredients

  • 3 cups washed and hulled strawberries
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup agave or honey (add more or less based on your taste, you can also use granulated sugar if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup cotton candy flavored nutpods (see notes)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • If you like you can strain the agua fresca using a fine mesh sieve but it is not necessary.
  • Serve over ice and garnish with pieces of strawberry.
  • Store any leftover agua fresca in a covered container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Notes

  • Typically strawberry agua fresca uses evaporated milk, which you can use if preferred. However, the cotton candy nutpods is dairy-free and adds more flavor because of its notes of strawberry and raspberry. 
  • Cotton candy nutpods are available on nutpods.com and some Whole Foods. If you cannot find cotton candy nutpods, you can also use original or french vanilla.
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