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Cantaloupe Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Melón

Growing up in California, we always had an abundance of fruit trees in our backyard so drinking fresh juices was the norm for us. Perhaps this is why I have always loved the variety of aguas frescas available in Mexican restaurants and mercados. My parents weren’t really ones to serve us store-bought juices and now I’m the same way. Luckily for Amado, aguas frescas happen to be one of my specialties. Read More…

Agua Fresca de Horchata with Cantaloupe Seeds


This week I returned from a month-long trip to Oaxaca where I did my fair share of shopping and eating. Amado attended a local preschool because I wanted him to be immersed in Spanish and he thrived. We spent our afternoons exploring restaurants and food stands, mercados, and sometimes even new pueblos. Our Friday afternoons consisted of tasting new fruits, nieves, and aguas frescas at the Friday tianguis (open-air market) at El Llano Park. As with all of my trips to Mexico, I came home inspired with new ideas and recipes. Read More…

¡Viva la Vida! A Toast to Watermelon Agua Fresca

watermelon drink: watermelon agua fresca

Nothing says backyard barbeque like homemade ribs, mac and cheese and a big jarra of my Watermelon Agua Fresca — and that’s exactly what’s on the menu for my sister Ivana’s 25th birthday bash tonight.

Two years ago I had the unique opportunity to travel throughout Mexico and research cooking schools outside of the popular food-lover’s destination, Oaxaca. It was in the charming city of Morelia, Michoacan that I was able to mix business with pleasure as my mother and sister joined me on my culinary investigation. Here, we took a private cooking class with Cynthia Martinez, chef and owner of the adorable San Miguelito restaurant and operator of Zirita Taller de Experiencias Culinarias, one of the most beautiful cooking schools in all of Mexico!

I have found that traveling always offers opportunities to learn something new about your travel partners as well as the destination you are visiting. It’s a matter of fact it was on this trip to Morelia that I learned about my sister Ivana’s affinity for watermelon agua fresca. Therefore, it is only appropriate that I commemorate our travels together and her birthday by showcasing this exquisite drink! To 25 years of life, Ivana, and in the words of the late Frida Kahlo, “Viva la Vida!” Read More…

Hibiscus Limeade | Agua de Jamaica y Limón


Last summer, I visited the picturesque town of Vail, Colorado for the first time. Best known as a world-class ski resort, it is also a vibrant summer destination. It was at a Sunday farmers’ market in Vail that I first tasted hibiscus limeade and boy was it was delicious!

Growing up in a Mexican-American household, I was always exposed to agua de jamaica, or hibiscus iced tea. The addition of limeade adds a whole new twist to an already delightful drink. I like to think of it as the Mexican Arnold Palmer. It’s the simple changes like these that open up a whole new world of recipes and flavors, all fantastically gratifying to the palate. Read More…

Guava Agua Fresca | Agua Fresca de Guayaba


Guavas are oftentimes recognized by their characteristic scent that can admittedly be overwhelming for some. On a recent visit to my mother’s home in Chino, California I noticed that she had guavas that were all but falling from her tree. They were calling my name, so I decided to prepare a delicious agua fresca. Water helps dilute the guava’s intense flavor and you are left with a fresh and healthy drink. These tropical fruits are great for your skin and contain five times the vitamin C found in oranges!   Read More…