Strawberry Rosewater Chia Fresca

Created by Laura Wright
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Beautiful and hydrating strawberry chia fresca with lemon and rosewater is perfect for warm summer days on the patio or post-workout hydration.

An overhead shot of two glasses of strawberry rosewater chia fresca in direct sunlight. The drinks are garnished with lemon wedges and surrounded by bright pink rose petals.
A head on shot of two glasses of strawberry rosewater chia fresca in direct sunlight. The drinks are garnished with lemon wedges and surrounded by bright pink rose petals.

Do chia drinks freak you out? I kind of gravitate to the juices and other drinks with all the little floaties in them. I’m all about that hydration any way I can get it. My man is the opposite. One time on a little day trip in the Boston area, we stopped at a Whole Foods for a quick lunch and my chia kombucha just exploded out of the bottle and he had to actually look away because he was so grossed out.

Chia fresca is the original chia seed beverage though. It has roots in Latin America and usually involves chia seeds, water, and some kind of citrus juice. This one plays on that combination with some strawberries juiced up in the mix and a kiss of rosewater. It’s a pretty special beverage. You can just feel it enlivening your whole being up when you sip it down. Hope everyone has a calm and totally centered kinda weekend. We’re installing a storm door among other exciting things, so you know it’s gonna be a real party over here ;)

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Strawberry Rosewater Chia Fresca

Beautiful and hydrating strawberry chia fresca with lemon and rosewater. Perfect for warm summer days on the patio or post-workout hydration.
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strawberry rosewater chia fresca - The First Mess
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 quart


  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 4 cups water or do a half-and-half mix of coconut water and water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater


  • I made up half of the water with coconut water so that I didn’t have to sweeten this drink with any additional ingredients. If you decide to go with all water, I’d recommend a little drizzle of agave nectar or maple syrup to really bring out that nectar-like strawberry flavour :)


  • Combine the strawberries and water in an upright blender. Blend on high until liquified. Run the strawberry water through a fine mesh sieve, pressing through with a spatula. Discard solids and seeds.
  • In a pitcher combine the strawberry water and the chia seeds. Whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the chia seeds to gel in the chia fresca.
  • Once ready to drink, give the chia fresca a light whisk. Then, stir in the lemon juice and rosewater. Serve with additional wedges of lemon and ice if you like.

11/06/2016 (Last Updated 25/10/2022)
Posted in: beverage, gluten free, nut free, raw, refined sugar-free, sour, spring, summer, sweet, vegan


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  • Ella Frances

    Wow, Laura, this looks stunning! I am so inspired, sounds delicious!

  • Shiva mantra

    Oooo! This looks so good!

  • Alexandra

    Strawberry AND rose water? Sounds like a winner! I’ve never tried chia in drinks other than smoothies but it sounds pretty awesome :)

  • Amina

    This looks delicious! And the photos are so captivating.

  • Erin

    Hi Laura, not sure if it’s my computer….but the Ayruvedic Beauty link goes to the nourish_atlier site.

    • Laura

      So sorry about this! All fixed up with the proper link now. Thanks for the head’s up.

  • Vee

    Your happy hour links are my fav. I love the mix of natural health/wellness with a good dose of realness and honest reflection. I’m a long time fan of your way of keeping it seriously real. x

  • Sophie

    This looks so summery and fresh! Dating myself here, but chia fresca always reminds me of the grown up version of Orbitz ;)

    • Laura


  • danielle | rooting the sun

    the strawberry and chia looks so refreshing, laura! i’ve been in that volcanic kombucha chia situation many times before – always chaos. lovely interview!

  • Sarah F

    So gorgeous!! I admit I’m a little wary of things floating in my drink (I’ve never even had bubble tea!) but I could totally get down with this. Oh and my man is completely freaked out by anything kombucha, hehe.
    Thanks too for the women over 30 link– made my morning. :)

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    One of my best friends makes this amazing chia drink with aloe water, lime juice, and chia seeds. It’s so addicting! I love the idea of adding strawberry and rosewater, such delicious choices :) Also, grilled cocktails, whaaat? What an interesting idea! I’ll have to try one out this summer :)

  • Gabriella

    This chia fresca looks so unbelievable. Such a gorgeous color – and some of my favorite ingredients! Happy weekend :)

  • Marsha

    I love your blog and look forward to your posts. Would there be a way that the type font could be a little larger?

    • Laura

      Hi Marsha! I’ll try to play around with the font size to make it more readable. Thanks so much!

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  • Eugenia

    This sounds lovely! I can imagin strawberry/melon aguafresca .. Youmie!!
    Thanks for the recepie!