Agua de Sapo (Toad Water)

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"Don't be scared. This is not about Harry Potter, it's about Costa Rica. Agua de Sapo is a typical Costa Rican drink from the Limon province on the Caribbean side of the country. Though the translation in English for Agua de Sapo means Toad Water, believe me, there are no toads on the ingredient list, only cane sugar, water, ginger, cinnamon and lime. You can find the dark cane sugar in hispanic markets, and sometimes in larger supermarkets in the hispanic aisle. Or try Amazon."

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (469.4 g)
  • Calories 242.6
  • Total Fat - 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 18.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 62.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 57.2 g
  • Protein - 0.5 g
  • Calcium - 27.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Boil the water in a large pan, then add the sugar, ginger, and cinnamon stick (if using). Stir often until the sugar is completely dissolved, then continue boiling for 10 more minutes.

Step 2

Using a metal strainer, strain the liquid into a large container where it can cool completely.

Step 3

When cool, add the lime juice. Serve in tall ice-filled glasses. Enjoy the Pura Vida!

I've been known to add a squirt of Flor de Cana rum per glass to this concoction. Oh, yes!!!


No special items needed.

3 Reviews

dienia b

Refreshing loved this one just had regular cinnamon but it worked well with the ginger not to sweet


review by:
(7 Jun 2020)


Wow, I love Toad Water. It has such a nice mouth feel, and it tastes amazing. Love the fresh lime juice and cinnamon in this, it adds a little something to the Agua without masking the ginger... the star. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I will enjoy it often. Made for CQ4 - Central America.


review by:
(6 Sep 2017)

Smells Like Salad

I love agua de sapo and had completely forgotten about it! I used piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar) which is inexpensive and is available in the Latino markets sold either oscuro or blanco ("pilons" dark or light brown cane sugar-hence the name.) This was refreshing and with that kick of cinnamon and ginger and tang of lime juice it was a real winner. We served the agua de sapo on Taco Tuesday and it of course enhanced and completed the meal quite well. Thank you for posting the recipe and jogging a great memory of this delicious beverage. Prepared for CQ 2017.


(31 Aug 2017)

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