Agua de Chilacayota

Candied Squash Water

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Appears in
Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

By Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral

Published 2019

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This is a staple drink to have while perusing the aisles in Oaxaca’s vibrant markets. Chilacayota is a big green squash with white speckles that has a fibrous texture, and when it is made into an agua fresca, it is almost like having a dessert in a cup. I consider this drink the mole of aguas frescas, because of its complexity and satisfaction. Unlike many other aguas frescas that can be found all over Mexico, agua de chilacayota can only be found in Oaxaca. Think pumpkin spice, chai, and c