After making guava jam, I still had a fair amount of guavas on hand that were threatening to go bad. On a particularly warm day, I craved a refreshing fruity beverage and decided to use the remaining guavas as a base for an agua fresca.
No cooking, just blitzing
What makes this a perfect summer drink is it requires no cooking. The guavas are cut up in chunks, placed in a blender with water (rind, seeds, and all), and blitzed into a puree. The mixture is passed through a fine mesh sieve to remove any large chunks of rind and the seeds (which are like hard pebbles).
This fruit base just needs a little time in the refrigerator before serving.
I like the effervescence of sparkling water but this drink works just as well with still water. The guavas we have in Hawaii, while tart, are on the sweeter side so I like to add a squeeze of lime to the glass. And if you prefer an adult beverage, top off the agua fresca with a little rum or vodka.
However you prefer your agua fresca, find a nice shady spot, stretch out, and enjoy!Print
This bubbly, refreshing drink features sweet and tangy guava. It’s perfect for a party or a summer afternoon, lounging in the shade.
1 pound guavas
2/3 cup sugar, to taste*
2 cups water (still)
4 cups sparkling water
Cut off the ends of the guavas and cut into 1″ chunks. Place in a blender.
Add the sugar and the 2 cups of still water. Blend until the guava are broken down (about 60 seconds).
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds and pulp.
Add the sparkling water. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Chill at least 1 hour.
Serve over ice and garnish with mint and lime slices. Add a splash of rum or vodka for an adult beverage.
*The common guavas found in Hawaii are on the sweeter side and not as tart. More sugar may be needed to balance more tart varieties.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Inactive Time: 1 hour
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: Hawaiian-American
- Calories: 136.97
- Sugar: 28.92 g.
- Sodium: 38.79 mg.
- Fat: 0.79 g.
- Saturated Fat: 0.2 g.
- Carbohydrates: 32.94 g.
- Fiber: 4.08 g.
- Protein: 1.93 g.
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: guava, sparkling water