Fresh juices are not optional; they’re essential. Most concentrates taste both fake and foul and store-bought juices are often loaded with corn syrup, artificial colors, and flavors. A lever-type hand juicer or juice appliance makes the task of juicing fresh fruit easy, and the flavor is incomparable.
Aguas frescas are healthy, flavorful fruit drinks popular in Mexico. They are simply made: mashed fresh fruit and water flavored with a touch of lime juice and perhaps a little agave nectar or sugar. Think lemonade, only not as sweet, and made from almost any kind of fruit. To turn any agua fresca into a cocktail, just add tequila or rum. The following recipe is a good basic recipe.