Aguas Frescas in Oaxaca


Aguas Frescas in Oaxaca

Last year I traveled through Oaxaca, Mexico I visited many restaurants. When we dined, we were greeted with salty roasted Spanish peanuts and thirst quenching Agua Fresca which means Fresh Water in Spanish. My favorite Agua Fresca was the minty Watermelon drink that reminded me of a fresh non-alcoholic Margarita. I remember growing up and my aunt used to make these for me. She made quite a few varieties using seasonal fruit: Pineapple, papaya, cucumber, watermelon, and fresh red apples.

I had forgotten about this tradition. It’s a feeling of Southern hospitality to go to someone’s home and be greeted with a refreshing beverage. It brought me great pride to see that Oaxaca was practicing this tradition. With summer around the corner and company coming over for BBQs I thought why not share these recipes with you. I’m also adding an adult friendly beverage Watermelon Margarita so that you can make them for the party animal in your group. Cheers!

Watermelon Margarita

Author: Chef Rosie O’Connor


  • 1oz. Watermelon Schnapps
  • 1oz. Watermelon puree
  • 1oz. Tequila
  • ½ triple of sec
  • 2oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • Tajin
  • Watermelon Garnish


In a shaker mix the watermelon Schnapps, Watermelon puree, tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Shake vigorously. Add Tajin to the rim of the glass. Pour into a glass with fresh ice cubes and garnish with watermelon.

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