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Aguas frescas (Spanish for "cool waters", or literally "fresh waters") are light non-alcoholic beverages made from one or more fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water. They are popular in Mexico and the United States. Some of the more common flavors include tamarind, hibiscus, and 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:
- Prickly Pear
- Passion fruit
- Chía, often blended with vegetables
- Hibiscus tea, also called agua de (Flor de) Jamaica or sorrel, popular also in Jamaica and West Africa