Bright, Fruity & Refreshing: 10 Thirst-Quenching Aguas Frescas

One of the most refreshing ways to enjoy fresh fruit is in an agua fresca, a beverage made with pureed fruit, water, a touch of sugar and maybe some lime juice or herbs. Here in Los Angeles, every taco stand worth its salt has a big jar or three of the brightly-colored drinks standing by, but you don't have to be eating a drippy carnitas taco to enjoy the thirst-quenching, pure fruit flavor of aguas frescas. Especially not when they are this easy to make at home.

All you need is a blender or food processor to puree the fruit and cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve to strain the pulp. From there, any ripe fruit is fair game. Play around with fruit and herb combinations, or try one of the recipes below.

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca
Honeydew-Basil Agua Fresca
Marionberry Rosewater Agua Fresca

Peach Lavender Agua Fresca at the LA Times
Strawberry Vanilla Agua Fresca at Serious Eats
Cantaloupe-Basil Agua Fresca at Bon Appetit
Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca at Simply Recipes
Strawberry & Rosemary Agua Fresca at Food52
Pineapple Ginger Agua Fresca at Matt Bites
Tamarind & Date Agua Fresca at Bon Appetit

What are your favorite aguas frescas flavor combinations?

(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)