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Agua Cocktails

By Chris Castro / Photography By Michelle Leach | April 25, 2016
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I grew up in Southern California, a land of constant sunshine. Evenings after school were spent outside playing in the warm sun, and growing up in a Mexican family, meant coming inside for an ice filled glass of whatever agua fresca my mom had decided to make. These sweet drinks are simply made with water, fruit, and a little sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruit, and were a staple of my childhood. Nothing except water hit the spot in quite the same manner on a hot day. Agua frescas are still a nostalgic part of summer to this day that I love sharing with my family. They also make a great vehicle for cocktails. You can easily make a pitcher full of an aqua fresca cocktail—so refreshing and makes everyone happy.

Charred Pineapple Agua Fresca

Rose water is one of my favorite additions that I like to add to everything from iced tea to fruit salads and pairs especially well with citrusy cocktails. Just a bit goes a long way and can completely change the flavor of your drink. If this sounds strange, these botanical infusions have been used for a long time and can found in classics like the beloved Ramos Gin Fizz which has just a dash of orange blossom water.

Rose Water Gin Fizz

Sparkling water is another staple at our house, we always kept bottles stocked cold in the fridge so they were ready at a moment’s notice. I recently bought a soda siphon, and now we are making our own. Soda waters and seltzers are a great way to lighten up a good drink while adding a bit of sparkle. I have been on a Cardamaro kick lately. Cardamaro is an amaro made using Moscato that is infused with cardoons, and boy, is it tasty! I went from drinking it on the rocks to adding soda water which reminded a bit of a grown up version of a cola.

Cardamaro Soda

 

Article from Edible OKC at http://edibleoklahomacity.ediblecommunities.com/drink/agua-cocktails
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