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Beat the heat with these 6 refreshing agua fresca recipes

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As heat waves spread across the country, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. There are a plethora of drinks from around the world that are designed to quench your thirst: sweet tea, sorrel, sambaram, schorle and switchel, to name a few. My favorite of them all, though, is agua fresca. The drink, translating to “fresh water,” is alleged to have originated in precolonial Mexico and is now a staple in the region.

In Mexico, you can find huge jugs lining tables on street corners, in markets and at taco stands, but in many areas of the United States, the beverage is a little harder to come by. We’ve picked out six agua fresca recipes you can easily make at home, starring some of our favorite summer produce, such as melon and cucumber. Find even more summertime sippers in our archive of more than 10,000 tested and trusted recipes.

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Hibiscus, a bright and beautiful flower native to tropical climates, dyes this agua fresca a vibrant red color and adds a tart, floral flavor. The beverage is also known as agua de jamaica in Mexico, and it’s one of the most popular flavors available. Get the recipe.

Cucumber-Jalapeño Agua Fresca

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If you’re a spicy margarita fan, you’ll love this cucumber- and jalapeño-infused agua fresca. The chile pepper adds just a hint of heat, while the cucumber provides a cooling contrast. Get the recipe.

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If you have an abundance of melon, this agua fresca is an excellent way to use it up. Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon all work excellently. Get the recipe.

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With its high water content and sweet flavor, watermelon makes a natural choice for an agua fresca. For a pretty presentation and an extra boost of flavor, serve with a lime-, sugar- and Tajín-coated cube of fruit. Get the recipe.

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