The best part of summer is starting hot days off with agua frescas and ending them caldos. If you feel as overwhelmed by all the colorful options at the agua frescas stands as we do, don’t fret.
The stars have already spoken. Here’s the agua fresca your body thirsts for based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
This year, Agua de Jamaica will energize your way through what might be a challenging summer. Listen up, it’ll only be as challenging as you make it. And you, ambitious ram, like a challenge. Agua de jamaica will give you sweet and tartness to keep you inspired and satisfied all summer long.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
While it’s true that Tauruses are known for being work horses, the bull is actually a large puppy in a field. You like to be outside and feel soothed by a cool breeze and delicate tastes. Horchata is all that in one, silky smooth, warming glass. Disfrute.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Mercury rules your sign, and as the planet enters Leo this week, your perspective on communication and learning will shift. Chia seeds fuel the brain and so will this Mexican Cucumber Lime Chia Agua Fresca.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Your inner crab may be the wateriest of the water signs, giving you the one superhero power most folks can’t handle: picking up on other people’s emotions. That inner chime is exhausting, so let it settle with a fermented Tepache de Piña.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Like Agua de Tamarindo, your summer style is always a classic and crowd favorite. It’s not an agua fresca party without Agua de Tamarindo just like it’s just not a party without a Leo.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo is represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Quench your inner goddess with Agua de Cebada (Barley). Cebada is one of the first cultivated grains over 10,000 years ago. This agua fresca will feel like coming home this summer.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You’re all about balance and harmony, and while most agua frescos are known for being sweet, a lil agua de alfalfa never hurt nobody. It’s basically tasty green juice.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
We all knew Scorpios would be enjoying agua de nopal all summer, but not for the reasons you think. The flavors of nopal aren’t for everyone, but those who like it are reaping major benefits. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron, there’s a reason agua de nopal is more hydrating than any other bland agua. You spice up our lives, Scorpios, with your rich palettes.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Earth’s best adventurer is no niña fresa, and yet, agua de fresas are going to be your right-hand thirst quencher this summer. You’ll be craving more intimacy this summer, so while you adventure, enjoy this comforting taste of home.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Fellow seagoats, ya es Verano! Everyone thinks we’re overly ambitious and practical, but come nightfall and close friends, we like a good party. We just like to start with the basics. The basics to a good piña colada is hydration via agua piña.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Any Aquarius knows that they are not a watery bunch. You’re the last air sign of the zodiac, represented by a water bearer—a healer. Agua fresca de melon is one of the most hydrating and healing aguas our mystical Aquarius could bestow. Drink up.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Did you know watermelon is is 91.5 percent water? Pisces signs, represented by the two cutest fish in the sea, are also very watery and fluid in this life. Agua de sandia represents who you are year round.
It’s National Picnic Week and since you’re reading this, we’re assuming you’re the altruistic, enjoy-every-moment type. So trust that as we help you set the tone of your fictional (or real) picnic, we’ll give you a vetted, Latino driven and focused organization that deserves your money. Who knows, maybe you’ll even plan the picnic IRL to raise awareness for the cause?
Vamos a ver.
Where's the picnic at?
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Pick a basket, any basket.
Will there be salad?
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Play a song to set the mood.
What food can a picnic not exist without?
Whose *not* invited?
Pick a field of flowers you'd want to be in.
Ok, really, talk about the humans invited.
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What's one word you want your guests to describe your picnic?
Pick a butterfly.
Pick a beverage.
What's the dream ending to your picnic?
Dessert: will it make an entrance?
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Will there be ghost stories?
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Plan A Picnic And We’ll Tell You What Organization You Should Donate To
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NLIRH is doing the research nobody else is--understanding how Latinas suffer under gender inequality, especially in regards to access to healthcare. Then, NLIRH is using policy change and Latina leadership development to advance a reproductive justice agenda to include immigrant healthcare, abortion access, and affordable healthcare.
You're ready to let patriarchy rest in pieces, now more than ever. We're not rewinding history and we're not letting women of color and immigrants get left behind in anyone's version of feminism. This is it, you're here for it.
Trans Latina Coalition
TLC is formed by Trans Latinx leaders *for* trans Latinx immigrants living in the U.S. They work with policy makers to find solutions to trans peoples' unique needs, especially those living in detention centers without access to appropriate healthcare.
You are abounding in inclusive energy because you know justice reform must be intersectional, and you are intentional about creating space for this advocacy work from picnic conversations to your pocketbook.
Freedom for Immigrants
Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. They are the only nonprofit in the country monitoring the human rights abuses faced by immigrants detained by ICE through a national hotline and network of volunteer detention visitors, while also modeling a community-based alternative to detention that welcomes immigrants into the social fabric of the United States.
You and Freedom for Immigrants have a lot in common--you're both changing the world one person, one step at a time, and feel everyone has a right to a safe space of belonging.
Spay Mexico is aiming to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Mexico one animal at a time. It's vision is to create affordable and free spay and neuter surgeries for responsible guardians and homeless animals alike.
You can't imagine your animal companion left to fend for him or herself in the streets anymore than any other dog or cat. Your heart is big enough to extend to a range of issues, and you won't leave anyone behind.