Agua de Sapo 1

by Margarita Persico

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“Agua de Sapo” (Photo: Margarita Persico)

Agua de Sapo is a typical Costa Rican drink in the region of Limon, on the Atlantic side of the country. Though the translation in English for “Agua de Sapo” means Frog Water, believe me, there is no frog among the ingredients in this wonderful drink, only cane sugar, water, ginger, and lemon. Below is the recipe. Enjoy!

Agua de Sapo

Serves 10 – 12


  1. 1-1/2 gallon water
  2. 3/4 cup brown cane sugar (or if in Costa Rica, purchase a “tapa de dulce”)
  3. 250 (8 ½ ounces or 1 cup) ginger, diced and crushed
  4. 1 cup lemon juice (fresh)


  • Boil the water with the sugar and ginger. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the ginger has been infused—about 20 minutes.
  • Let cool
  • Strain using a metal colander
  • Add fresh lemon juice and serve with ice.

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