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Coconut Agua Fresca

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clock10 minscourseBeverage

By Lynne Sampson

This mildly sweet coconut agua fresca is as soothing as it is refreshing, with texture that is reminiscent of an ice-cold glass of milk.

Make ahead: The agua fresca needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Storage: Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

From food writer Lynne Sampson, originally published in The Post in 2003.


measuring cup

Servings: 6 (makes about 6 1/2 cups)

  • 4 cups cold filtered water
  • One (13.5-ounce) can unsweetened regular or light coconut milk (1 2/3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste
  • Ice
  • Strips or pieces of fresh coconut, for serving (optional)


Time Icon Total: 10 mins, plus at least 2 hours to chill

  1. Step 1

    In a 2-quart pitcher, combine the water, coconut milk and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Taste, and if desired, add more sugar as needed. Fill the pitcher with ice and refrigerate until chilled through, at least 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    When ready to serve, divide the drink among tall ice-filled glasses and garnish each glass with a strip or piece of fresh coconut, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (generous 1 cup, using light coconut milk)

  • Calories


  • Fat

    14 g

  • Saturated Fat

    12 g

  • Carbohydrates

    12 g

  • Sodium

    8 mg

  • Cholesterol

    0 mg

  • Protein

    1 g

  • Fiber

    0 g

  • Sugar

    11 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From food writer Lynne Sampson, originally published in The Post in 2003.

Tested by Lisa Cherkasky.

Published July 9, 2024

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