The cooling flavors of the melon and coconut get a little kick from homemade chile de arbol simple syrup in this agua fresca.
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Aguas Frescas, which translate literally as "fresh waters," are iced drinks made from infusions of water and herbs, grains, fruits, or vegetables. They're perfect for this time of year because they practically beg to be sipped outside and they're very easily scaled up to make a refreshing pitcher drink.
The result of blending strawberries and cantaloupe with a quick thyme simple syrup is a surprisingly complex and really refreshing alcohol-free drink.
Known as Agua de Flor de Jamaica or "hibiscus agua fresca" in the Americas, this drink is super-tart and the color is seriously stunning.
Agua Fresca is a hot weather Latin American tradition, usually sold from giant glass vitroleros perched atop restaurant and market countertops. The selection varies with the season, and it's not uncommon to find cucumber and chili agua fresca alongside watermelon, hibiscus, or guava. Here we've used pineapple and jazzed it up with a few sprigs of mint for a light and refreshing beverage that's reminiscent of a Pina Colada, but much lighter.
Strawberry agua fresca, a refreshing drink of fruit and water with just a hint of sweetness and vanilla, is the perfect healthy treat as the weather warms up. Just try not to be a poseur about it. That'll make one of us.