Prepare yourself for a creamy, sweet, and tropical agua de guayaba! This simple and refreshing agua fresca is made with just three ingredients — guavas, water, and cane sugar.
Try this recipe out today, and you'll be sipping on it all summer long!
If you've been on the hunt for a super tasty, but equally hydrating drink, we have just the thing. Guavas are a small, but mighty fruit that makes the perfect base for this recipe.
It's seriously so easy to make!
What is it?
Agua de guayaba is a fruity and thirst-quenching drink that belongs in the Mexican aguas frescas category.
In Mexico, aguas frescas are extremely popular drinks made from fresh fruit, flowers, or grains. Some of the most popular kinds are agua de Jamaica (flowers), horchata (grains), and agua de sandia (fruit).
Agua de guayaba (or "guava water") features the sweet, floral, and tropical flavors of guava fruit. The only other items you'll need are water and a sweetener (cane sugar in our case).
The end result is a light and creamy texture that's seriously so delicious. You won't be able to get enough of this guava drink!
Aguas frescas date back to the Aztecs, and there's an interesting story on how they came to be. In this time period, Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City) housed a large market for goods to be traded and sold.
Those living in villages far away would make long journeys to purchase or trade food and supplies for their people back home.
Along the way, travelers would collect fresh fruits and muddle them with water to create healthy and hydrating drinks.
It's fascinating to think about how these types of drinks have evolved and are now available at grocery stores, street vendors, or restaurants all over the world.
Serve your guava water chilled over ice, and try garnishing it with a lime or lemon wedge.
However you end up serving it, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and can easily be made sugar-free!
🍲 Key ingredients
For a complete ingredient list and step-by-step guide, scroll down to our recipe card.
What they are: guavas (guayabas en Español) are tiny tropical fruits native to places like Mexico and Central America. The flesh is similar in texture to a Bartlett pear with tiny seeds scattered throughout the center.
You can use any guava variety in your drink, but we're using Mexican cream guavas for this recipe. Other names they go by are Tropical Yellow guava or Psidium guajava.
Taste: with a very fragrant aroma, the taste you can expect from a ripe guava is flowery and sweet with notes of strawberry, passion fruit and pineapple. Sounds pretty delectable, right?!
Health: guavas are high in nutrients like beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. Just don't peel away the skin as this is where most of the vitamin C is concentrated!
Taste: in order to achieve a perfectly sweet guava juice, you can add any of your favorite sweeteners. We use cane sugar in this recipe, but we often find ourselves using Stevia in its place to make a lower-calorie version.
Health: we think consuming everything in moderation is the key to a healthy and happy life. Some people demonize sugar, but we think using a small amount in aguas frescas is much healthier than drinking soda. But, you do you!
If you have questions about this guava drink, don't forget to check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: rinse the guavas, then cut the ends off and slice them in half. Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeds. Add the guava halves to a blender with a liter of water and your sweetener of choice (cane sugar, agave, stevia, etc).
Step 3: blend everything on high until no guava chunks remain and the mixture is smooth. Give the mixture a taste, and adjust the sweetener to your liking.
Step 4: Pour the mixture into a jar or pitcher. Add the rest of the water and stir. Transfer the guava water to your fridge to chill, or serve immediately over ice. Happy drinking!
This guava drink is so tasty to have on hand in your fridge. Here's how to keep it as fresh as possible.
Once transferred to a mason jar or pitcher, this agua de guayaba will last in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Glass containers will help preserve the flavors best.
If you're not able to finish your agua de guayaba quick enough, it freezes extremely well. Just make sure to use freezer-safe containers.
When you're ready to drink it again, thaw it overnight in the fridge and pop it back in the blender before serving.
💭 Pro tips
Time to share our tips and tricks we learned while creating this agua de guayaba recipe for you:
- Seed the guavas. To prevent chunks in your drink, make sure to scoop out the seeds before blending it.
- Go sugarless. If you want a healthier alternative, try making your guava water with sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit.
- Add more flavors. To switch things up, try adding in fruits like strawberries, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, or pineapple.
- Replace the water. For an even more hydrating drink, try replacing the plain water in this recipe with coconut water!
🍴 Tasting notes
Agua de guayaba makes the perfect summer drink. You're going to love this recipe! It's:
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Agua de Guayaba
- Pitcher or jar
- 10 fresh guavas ($1.00)
- 7-8 cups water ($0.01)
- 6 tablespoon cane sugar ($0.02)
- First rinse the guavas, then cut the ends off and slice them in half. Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeds (save what you scoop out as a snack).
- Add the guava halves to a blender with 4 cups of water and sweetener of choice (cane sugar, agave, etc).
- Blend on high until no guava chunks remain and the mixture is smooth. Taste and adjust sweetener to your preferences.
- Pour the mixture into a jar or pitcher. Add the rest of the water and stir. Transfer to your fridge to chill, or serve immediately over ice. Happy drinking!
- Stevia makes a great replacement if you want to have a sugar-free agua de guayaba.
- Some people don’t remove the guava seeds beforehand. This step is optional. If you do remove them, make sure to save the seedy portion as it's still a really tasty snack!
- Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
- We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
- Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
- All prices are in USD.
♻️ Similar recipes
For more thirst-quenching aguas frescas, check out our:
- Agua de fresa for a refreshing recipe made from juicy red strawberries.
- Agua de piña to try another tropically-inspired drink made from pineapple.
- Agua de sandia for a way to use up all those sweet watermelons available in the summertime.
- Agua de tamarindo for a more tart and uniquely flavored drink made with tangy tamarind pods.
We encourage de-seeding the guavas since there will be small chunks in your drink if you don't. But honestly, we've had it both ways and the seeds don't bother us.
Any type of guava will work for this recipe. We use Mexican cream guavas, which are readily available to us. But, you can use whichever kind you want!
Guavas are low in calories, fibrous, and filled with vitamins and minerals. Eaten in moderation, guavas are an extremely healthy fruit.
Guava has a very pungent aroma with a flavor that many describe as a hybrid between a pear and a strawberry. The flesh has a similar texture to a pear, but with tiny seeds in the center.