Aguas Frescas (fresh waters) – The flavours of Mexico

Aguas Frescas

The wide variety of fruits, seeds and flowers such as the existing Jamaica flower in Mexico, have led to an extraordinary wealth of recipes, delicious flavors and very decorative “Fresh Waters” which are an emblematic part of the Latin American culture. If you have ever visited the most authentic restaurants, you may notice that these drinks are served with a scoop from a large glass jar (vitrolero) poured over ice. The “Fresh Water” is popular both with meals and as a refreshing drink during the day.

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Among the variety of the “Fresh Waters” there are very particular kinds that are not found in regular ice cream parlors as they are offered by street vendors such as:

La Tuba: Is an exotic drink, typical of tropical regions. It comes from the coconut palm tree by completely cutting the bunch of coconuts just before the flowers blossom. The liquid emanating from the cut of the branch drains into containers collected every morning and left for days for it to age to get its distinctive flavor, handed down from generation to generation this drink comes from the Philippines and was brought to Mexico during the XVI century on the many travels of the Manila Galleon.

TejuinoEl Tejuino: Refreshing drink derived from fermented corn and sweet sugar cane, commonly found in western Mexico thanks to the Huichol heritage. It’s served alone or with lemon, salt and cayenne pepper, it has a bittersweet flavor with a low degree of alcohol.

In spite of its popularity and its promotion through photographs done by people & tourists; nowadays these typical drinks “Fresh Water” are being severely threatened by the spread of bottled drinks.