The history of aguas frescas can be traced all the way back to the Aztecs. While on their journeys between their farms and the capital city of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, they would muddle fruit with water to fuel up and stay refreshed. In the Southwest you can find this drink in resorts, farmers markets, restaurants and of course many people’s homes. I was in Las Cruces helping a friend with a book signing at Coas Book Store. On Saturday mornings, a portion of Main Street is closed to traffic and it becomes a farmers market. There was no time to explore the market this trip, but it deserves a return visit in cooler weather. This day it was a 100 degrees with stifling humidity. Looking out the window of the bookstore I was seeing people walking around with colorful drinks. Then I spied this booth.
I ran out to check it out and found 12 containers of different aqua fresca. It was a difficult choice, but I chose the Citrus. That’s my drink resting on the table so I could take one quick picture. Oh my, I could have drank a gallon of this one. It was definitely delicious and perfect for a hot and humid day. Look at all the beautiful colors. The only downside to this drink is it does require some type of sweetener, but we won’t think about it. Just enjoy the experience.
What makes aqua fresca wonderful is the choices change with the season. In Mexico it’s made with seasonal fruits. You can find recipes just by Googling agua fresca. Have you had this refreshing drink or made it? If yes, please tell us your favorites to add to the water.