Make sweet, refreshing, and delicious Pineapple Water (or Agua de Pina) at home by simply blending fresh pineapple with water and sweetening with sugar.
Agua de Pina is the Spanish name for Pineapple Water. It was introduced to me by a family member who orders it whenever she goes to her favorite Mexican restaurant. She asked if I could figure out how to make it, and I am happy to oblige!
Another name for pineapple water is Pineapple Agua Fresca (when translated means “fresh water”). Generally, agua fresca is made by combining fruits, grains, or flowers with sugar and water. As the name suggests, pineapple agua fresca is made by blending pineapple with sugar and water.
If I had to describe it, pineapple water tastes like delicious and refreshing kool-aid. Although, you will not find any artificial flavors in this drink! It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. And, it would be perfect for a hot summers day. So, let’s get to it!
Pineapple Water Ingredients
For this recipe, you only need three ingredients. You’ll need:
- Fresh Pineapple
- Sugar (or sweetener of choice)
So, the ingredients couldn’t be any simpler. If your pineapple is very ripe, you could leave out the sweetener entirely!
Most grocery stores offer prepared pineapple in the refrigerated area of the produce section. In a pinch, feel free to use about 4 cups of prepared pineapple. However, I recommend buying a whole pineapple and cutting it yourself because it will be much more flavorful!
How to Cut Fresh Pineapple
Cutting a pineapple yourself looks intimidating, but it’s very easy! For a video tutorial, check out this 35 second video from Food Network. Or feel free to follow the written instructions below.
Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, place the pineapple on it’s side, and cut off 1/2″ from top and bottom of the pineapple
Stand the pineapple upright. Cut around the pineapple, top to bottom, following the natural curve of the fruit until all of the outer skin is removed. To preserve the most fruit, avoid cutting too deeply. (At this point, don’t worry about removing any remaining “eyes” or brown spots on the outside of the pineapple.)
Cut the pineapple in half, from top to bottom, through the pineapple core. Place the flat side of the pineapple onto the cutting board and cut in half length-wise. Using one hand to steady the pineapple, cut out the center core of each quarter.
Cut each quarter into three spears, and then cut each spear into chunks.
If you will not be straining the aqua de pina, cut off any “eyes” from the outside of the pineapple. Otherwise, you can leave them on since they will be removed when the water is strained.
Sweetener of Choice
For this recipe, I use granulated white sugar. Although, any sweetener can be used. Adding brown sugar could be absolutely delicious! Or try liquid sweeteners like agave or honey.
Pineapple Water Preparation
To make pineapple water, whiz chunks of fresh pineapple with water in a blender and strain out the pulp. Then, add sugar to bring out the natural tart and sweet flavors in the pineapple.
Blending Pineapple and Water
To begin, add the prepared pineapple and 2 cups of water into a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until there are no chunks of pineapple remaining.
Add an additional 2 cups of water to the blender and continue blending for another minute.
Note: For this recipe, I use a 64-oz Vitamix blender. However, if you have a smaller capacity blender, you may need to blend the pineapple and water in batches.
Straining the Pineapple Water
Like my orange juice, I prefer to strain the pineapple pulp from the water. Although, feel free to leave it in if you are #teampulp.
First, place your fine mesh sieve over a pitcher. Then, strain the liquid into a pitcher, pressing on the solids, to extract all the liquid. Discard the solids or save and use in this Healthy Muffin recipe or in place of the banana in my One Bowl Banana Bread recipe.
Sweeten and Chill
Next, transfer pineapple water to a pitcher, and add additional 4 cups of water. Add 1/2 cup of sugar at a time until water is at desired sweetness. Chill until the water until it’s very cold, and serve over ice.
Store any leftover water in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. But for best results always drink it as soon as possible.
Want More Refreshing Recipes?
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you do, you might also like this recipe for my Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat.
Or if you are looking for some delicious Mexican pairings, browse through these recipes!
If you make this recipe, leave me a comment below! Or let me know what your favorite agua fresca combination is!
Thank you for reading! Cheers!
Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina)
- 1 small Fresh Pineapple Skinned, Cored, and Cut into Chunks
- 1-2 cups Granulated Sugar (depending on preferred sweetness)
- 8 cups Water Divided
- Add the prepared pineapple* and 2 cups of water into a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until there are no chunks of pineapple remaining.
- Add an additional 2 cups of water to the blender and continue blending for another minute.**
- Optional: To remove any fibrous pulp, strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve. If desired, repeat to ensure most of the pulp is removed.
- Transfer pineapple water to a pitcher, and add additional 4 cups of water. Add 1/2 cup of sugar at a time until water is at desired sweetness.
- Chill until very cold, and serve over ice. Enjoy!