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Aguas frescas (Spanish "cool waters") are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Mexico and the United States. Some of the more common flavors include tamarind, hibiscus, and agua de horchata.
There is some confusion in terms internationally between the drinks referred to here and bottled soft drinks. In Guatemala and Nicaragua, these are referred to as frescos, short for refresco, which in Mexico means soft drinks. Soft drinks in Guatemala are called aguas, short for aguas gaseosas, but easily confused with the Mexican aguas frescas.
In Mexico it is common to find aguas frescas in these flavors:
Seeds or flowers
- Chía, often blended with vegetables
- Hibiscus tea, also called agua de Flor de Jamaica or sorrel, popular also in Jamaica and West Africa
- Horchata, is a drink that originated in Spain out of chufa nuts and sugar. The drink was later introduced to the Caribbean and Latin America. Almost every Latin country has its version.