Kiwi Fruit Agua Fresca Recipe

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Kiwi fruit agua fresca, or agua de kiwi, delivers a silky, refreshing, sweet and tangy taste sensation you will love. It's perfect for quenching your thirst on hot days or for serving at mealtimes. Let's make it!

Two glasses with kiwi agua fresca on top of a wooden table. Both are garnished with a slice of kiwi fruit and mint

The idea for this recipe was born from the need to use 25 kiwis that a friend once gave me. The result was this refreshing drink with an almost creamy texture and beautiful fragrant flavor ideal for any meal.

It is worth mentioning that I had so many kiwis that I peeled some and froze them. Making it with frozen kiwis is also a delight.

Peeled kiwis in a blender.

What is Kiwi Fruit?

Kiwi is a fruit of the vine actinidia deliciosa with a sweet and fragrant flavor and a hint of tartness. It has thin, fuzzy brown skin, and vibrant green flesh dotted with tiny black seeds.

It's also known as Chinese gooseberry and is a juicy fruit that is very popular for its flavor and benefits.

Buy it when in season; it freezes very well. Just peel it before freezing it.

Eight kiwis on the vine.

Kiwi Benefits

The kiwi is nutritious. It has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C among all fruits, more than double that of an orange, for instance. But it's also loaded with folate, magnesium, potassium, lutein, copper, and vitamin E.

And if that weren't enough, according to an article in the National Library of Medicine, it is also anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants, and an excellent source of fiber, which favors digestive health and promotes satiety. 

How to Peel Kiwi?

Peeling kiwi is easy. I don't recommend using a knife though, the skin is so thin that when you cut it you may end up cutting more pulp than necessary. 

Two hands peeling a kiwi with a potato peeler.

After washing it well and cutting both ends with a knife, you can either use a potato peeler (my favorite method), or insert a spoon between the skin and the pulp and slide gently following the contour of the fruit.

It's that easy.

Although most of us peel the kiwi, it is important to say that the skin is 100% edible, according to the Cleveland Clinic, and a good source of fiber, in case you decide to keep it.

Two glasses and a pitcher with kiwi agua fresca. The glass on the front has a slice of kiwi showing on the front inside of it.

Tropical Aguas Frescas

Kiwi is a subtropical fruit, but if you are also a fan of tropical fruit, try our aromatic guava fruit and our refreshing pineapple-coconut agua fresca recipes, too.

Now, let´s make it!

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Kiwi Fruit Agua Fresca

4 portions

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe kiwis*
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • Ice
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Utensils

  • Knife
  • Potato peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Blender
  • Pitcher
  • Glasses

* You can use frozen kiwis as well. 

Process

Wash the kiwis very well and with a sharp knife carefully cut off the two ends of each fruit, this will help you to have a better balance when peeling it.

Peel them with the potato peeler, cut them into quarters and transfer them to a blender.

Blend them with the sugar and water until all the ingredients are well integrated.

I add the necessary sugar to balance with the kiwi's natural acidity and the dilution from the water; however, you can prepare it without sugar if you prefer or use another type of sweetener.

Taste for sweetness and adjust if necessary. Pour into a pitcher and serve in glasses over ice.

In my personal opinion, it's not necessary to strain it, the kiwi seeds are tiny and the agua fresca offers a delightful texture, but if you want a smoother drink, you can pass it through a strainer.

You can also play with the texture, if you want it thinner add more water, if you are looking for a classic, thicker, smoothie texture, use less water. If you want kiwi juice, just add enough water to blend the fruit. It's up to you.

Enjoy!

A pitcher and two glasses with kiwi fruit agua fresca on top of a wooden table.

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Agua de kiwi
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Kiwi Fruit Agua Fresca

Kiwi fruit agua fresca, or agua de kiwi, delivers a silky, refreshing, sweet and tangy taste sensation you will love. It’s perfect for quenching your thirst on hot days or for serving at mealtimes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 76kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe kiwis**
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • Ice
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • Wash the kiwis very well and with a sharp knife carefully cut off the two ends of each fruit, this will help you to have a better balance when peeling it.
  • Peel them with the potato peeler, cut them into quarters and transfer them to a blender.
  • Blend them with the sugar and water until all the ingredients are well integrated.
  • I add the necessary sugar to balance with the kiwi’s natural acidity and the dilution from the water; however, you can prepare it without sugar if you prefer or use another type of sweetener.
  • Taste for sweetness and adjust if necessary. Pour into a pitcher and serve in glasses over ice.
  • In my personal opinion, it’s not necessary to strain it, the kiwi seeds are tiny and the agua fresca offers a delightful texture, but if you want a smoother drink, you can pass it through a strainer.
  • You can also play with the texture, if you want it thinner add more water, if you are looking for a classic, thicker, smoothie texture, use less water. If you want kiwi juice, just add enough water to blend the fruit. It’s up to you.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Kiwi Fruit Agua Fresca
Amount per Serving
Calories
76
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
180
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
79
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
68
mg
82
%
Calcium
 
39
mg
4
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: drinks with fruit, How to make Mexican aguas frescas, summer drinks

Notes

* You can also use a food processor
** You can use frozen kiwis as well.
Silvia Martinez
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