Agua fresca to Latinos is what lemonade is to gringos. We remember cooling off on a hot summer day with a fresh glass of agua de sandía or agua de pepino. Now that we’re grown up, we still crave the same fruit drinks but we need a kick to end our day. These alcohol-infused agua fresca recipes hit the spot. Spike your preferred agua with tequila, rum or your liquor of choice. Your childhood favorite will become your new go-to adult beverage.
Grapefruit Agua Fresca from Saveur
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This recipe includes ruby red grapefruit juice, tequila and Cocchi Americano Rosa, an aromatic aperitif wine that adds craft to a cocktail. The resulting drink has a wonderful bittersweet edge.
Cucumber Agua Fresca from The Accidental Bartender
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Lemongrass and basil take this cucumber agua fresca to a higher plane of existence. The best part is this recipe is so versatile; it lets you use the alcohol of your choice!
Spicy Pineapple and Cucumber Agua Fresca from Vegetarian Times
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Vegetarians apparently know how to throw it down behind the bar. Cayenne and serrano chile make it spicy, the pineapple makes it sweet. It’s the best of both worlds.
Watermelon Blossom from A Thirsty Spirit
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As savory an agua fresca drink as you’re ever likely to find, this cocktail includes strawberries, gin, dry vermouth, lime and mint. Spike this tasty drink with either gin or rum. Yum!
Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca from Williams-Sonoma
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With tequila and Grand Marnier in the mix, this drink has a margarita thing going on. Papaya and lime juice bring the sweet and sour that everyone loves.
Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca from Chow
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With just five ingredients and a five-minute preparation time, this rum-based pineapple agua fresca is refreshing and best of all, it’s easy to make.
Cucumber Agua Fresca Gin Fizz from Island Vittles
Gin, mint and cucumber, a touch of sparkling water and simple syrup immediately makes us feel like we’re at the best spa ever!
Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas from Diane, A Broad
A whole watermelon and a whole bottle of dry sparkling wine? What time is brunch?
Don Julio Agua Fresca from The Bar
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This agua fresca is named for the liquor and not the fruit, but the drink does include lime, watermelon and pomegranate juice, which pair particularly well with tequila.
Spiked Watermelon Agua Fresca from The Cooking Channel
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Yes, there’s a fair amount of watermelon-based agua frescas on this list, but this is the only drink that includes elderflower liqueur for that vintage cocktail appeal. Oh, and there’s vodka too.