Aguas Frescas: Tasty Mocktails All Summer Long

By Erin Jackson / Photography By Sam Wells | Last Updated August 22, 2017
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Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) might be the ultimate sipper. 

Refreshing, light and packed with fruit (or sometimes veggies!) they’re a tasty way to take full advantage of the bounty of spring and summer produce at its flavor peak. Most recipes are simple and straightforward, but if you’re looking to up your game this season, these recipes from Chef Miguel Valdez of The Red Door and The Wellington are sure to satisf

3 Easy Ways to Take Your Aguas Frescas to the Next Level

Serve the aguas frescas with stainless steel straws. They’re stylish, great for the environment and get nice and cold.

Swipe a citrus wedge (lime, lemon or orange) around the rim of the glass and dip it in Tajín or coarse turbinado sugar for a flavorful and decorative presentation.

Use part of the agua fresca mixture to make ice cubes (instead of plain water) for a bolder-flavored beverage that won’t get diluted as the cubes melt. 

Carrot Ginger Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) might be the ultimate sipper.

Blackberries and Lemongrass Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) might be the ultimate sipper.

Watermelon and Jalapeño Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh waters”) might be the ultimate sipper.

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