Tipsy Tropical Agua Fresca

Fruity and refreshing, this cocktail is ready to party. Whip up a big batch so you can kick back and relax while your guests help themselves to a taste of the tropics.

Tipsy Tropical Pineapple Agua Fresca

Tipsy Tropical Pineapple Agua Fresca

Fruity and refreshing, this cocktail is ready to party. Whip up a big batch so you can kick back and relax while your guests help themselves to a taste of the tropics.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe pineapple
  • 3-4 large navel oranges
  • 4 medium limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blanco (or silver) tequila
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • fresh pineapple and orange slices, as garnish
  • YIELD: 1 gallon

Materials

  • citrus reamer or press for juicing oranges and limes
  • blender (for pureeing pineapple)
  • fine mesh wire strainer
  • 1 gallon container
  • cocktail picks and umbrellas (for garnish)

Juice Pineapple

Cut off pineapple’s rind and discard, then core and cut fruit into chunks. Note: If you have a high-power blender, you can leave the chunks larger and cut pretty close to the core for maximum pineapple flesh. Place pineapple chunks into blender with 2 cups of water. Blend on medium till pureed. Add another cup of water and blend again to further separate the juice from the pulp.

Strain

Place a fine-mesh wire strainer over a gallon-size container. Working in small batches, pour pureed pineapple over strainer, leaving the pulp behind in the strainer. Use a large spoon to press down on the pulp to squeeze out as much pineapple juice as possible, then discard the pulp. Add 2 more cups of water to the strained pineapple juice and, if desired, blend, then strain, again to further separate the pulp from the juice.

Make Simple Syrup + Combine Ingredients

In either a pot on the stove or in a microwave-safe container, combine 1 cup sugar with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil (Image 1). Stir till the sugar completely dissolves, then remove from heat. Using either a reamer or press, juice 3-4 large navel oranges and 4 limes to make approximately 3 cups of fresh juice. Add fresh-squeezed juice to dissolved sugar (Image 2) and stir to combine. This should make a total of about 5 cups. Add the citrus simple syrup to the pineapple juice in the gallon container and stir. For a mocktail, just add ice and serve as-is or …

Make It Tipsy

Add 1 cup blanco tequila and 1/2 cup coconut rum which equals roughly 1 shot of alcohol per 2-cup serving. Stir to combine all the ingredients and store in the fridge to keep your cocktail chilled.

Garnish and Serve

Serve in a tall glass, with or without ice. For a fun garnish, place an orange slice on the glass's rim, them add a pineapple slice, secured with a a cocktail pick (Image 1). Top with a paper umbrella for a colorful finishing touch (Image 2).

Toast to Special Occasions

Deliciously refreshing either with or without alcohol (altho, we think it's pretty great with alcohol), this fruity sip is perfect as a signature cocktail for summer weddings or backyard get-togethers.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Next Up

Cocktail or Mocktail: Preserve Fresh Fruit as a Sippable Shrub

Got a bumper crop of berries? Lucky you! Learn how to turn fresh fruit into a centuries-old sip: a shrub, or drinking vinegar, that can be enjoyed as either a cocktail or an alcohol-free restorative. And, bonus, because shrubs rely on the juice extracted from fruit, you can use very ripe and even overripe fruit for maximum fruity flavor.

Spring Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Tender spring asparagus and fresh peas bring garden flavor to this cheesy frittata. Grab an extra carton of eggs at the farmer’s market while shopping for produce. This herby, eggy dish requires an entire dozen.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Scones Recipe

Looking for the perfect recipe to celebrate rhubarb’s short season? Look no further! Strawberry-rhubarb scones are bursting with the sweet-tart flavors of spring. Buttermilk gives them richness, as well as a moist crumb that sets them apart from other scone recipes.

Roasted New Potatoes With Spring Herbs

Show off spring's harvest of new potatoes with bright flavors. These young potatoes have tender skins, so roast them unpeeled. A lemon and herb-infused olive oil drizzle brings a surprisingly light citrus note to this dish. Serve the potatoes on a bed of spring salad greens for additional herbaceous flavor.

Tipsy Hibiscus + Green Tea Cocktail

Rich in antioxidants and full of flavor, this bourbon-based cocktail is both good for you and good for what ails you.

Arugula Salad With Homemade Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Round out your springtime brunch with the ultimate light side: a garden-fresh, leafy green salad. Arugula and watercress are ideal for this healthy recipe as both are cool-weather crops harvested in spring, with a crisp, peppery flavor. Fresh orange slices, tart strawberries and sweet blueberries scattered on top harmonize well with the from-scratch orange-poppy seed vinaigrette. Sprinkle on blue cheese crumbles for a savory, creamy note.

Blackberry + Honeysuckle Spritz Recipe

Pair juicy, garden-fresh blackberries with sweet honeysuckle vodka for a colorful cocktail that tastes like summer in a glass.

Boozy Bourbon + Peach Summertime Smash

Just one sip and you'll agree: Bourbon + peach = a match made in cocktail heaven. Best of all, this not-too-sweet summery sip is a snap to make by macerating the fruit overnight for a perfectly peachy syrup.

Halloween Shimmering Cherry Mocktail or Cocktail Recipe

This bewitching concoction combines the deep, rich flavor of cherry with lime and presents a touch of eerie elegance with its shimmering appearance. Perfect for Halloween parties or simply indulging in the supernatural flavor of dark cherry.

Big-Batch Summer Cocktail: Lime in the Coconut

This summery take on the classic vodka soda is refreshing, tasty and oh-so-easy to whip up for a crowd. Perfect for your next poolside party!

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.