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Where to Find Refreshing Aguas Frescas in Austin

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Tacodeli's aguas frescas
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Austin is in the depths of summer and it's oh so hot outside. Among the many ways to cool off is to arm yourself with a sweet and refreshing aguas frescas. The Mexican drink combines fresh fruit, flowers, or even seeds with water and sugar, which means there are so many possibilities, from grain-based horchata, sandia (watermelon), to tamarind.

Austin’s aguas frescas' line-up includes the classic ones from JuiceLand and Veracruz All Natural, the caffeinated version from Spider House, seasonal restaurant takes from Dai Due and La Condesa, to the famous one from Maria's Taco Xpress. This update includes Taco More. For other cooling drinks, check out Eater’s guide to juices, frozen cocktails, and margaritas.

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JuiceLand

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Juice hippies can get all sorts of inventive aguas frescas at any of JuiceLand's locations, including cacao durian.

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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Ordering a drive-thru agua fresca just means you have to drink it as fast as you can. Even better, you can order up a half-gallon’s worth, too.

La Fruta Feliz

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This East Austin agua fresca and taco joint serves apple soda and Mexican smoothies that are some of the best Austin has to offer.

Veracruz All Natural

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In addition to serving some of the best tacos in Austin, Veracruz serves delicious aguas frescas daily at all three locations, including watermelon, mango, and strawberry lime.

Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

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Dai Due’s daily menu includes a seasonal agua fresca, which currently incorporates cucumbers and African basil.

Tacodeli

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Sorry, Torchy’s: One big point for Tacodeli is that it serves seasonal aguas frescas and horchatas every day. This month's roundup includes a tamarind one.

Taco More

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Both locations of the taqueria serves a strong array of aguas frescas, from horchata to tamarindo.

El Chilito

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El Chilito serves up a myriad of aguas frescas on a daily basis, perfect for cooling off while lounging outside at any of its three locations.

La Michoacana Meat Market

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Besides tacos and meat, the market makes creamy horchata, and other refreshing aguas frescas.

Tamale House East

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Tamale House East's Mexican Iced Coffee is made with coffee, horchata, and soy milk.

Mr. Natural

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Mr. Natural keeps it healthy with honey-sweetened aguas frescas.

La Condesa

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La Condesa features rotating aguas frescas in flavors like hibiscus and pineapple-mint, which the bar will happily spike.

Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe

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While not the most traditional, Spider House uses horchata in its take on the dirty cha: the iced dirty horchata with a shot of espresso.

Polvos Mexican Restaurant

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Polvos recommends getting the aguas frescas, sandía, cantaloupe, lime, and horchata, with the tortas, but the drinks work well with the rest of the menu, too.

Maria's Taco Xpress

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The South Austin institution's melon agua fresca recipe was once featured in Southern Living and draws rave reviews.

JuiceLand

Juice hippies can get all sorts of inventive aguas frescas at any of JuiceLand's locations, including cacao durian.

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

Ordering a drive-thru agua fresca just means you have to drink it as fast as you can. Even better, you can order up a half-gallon’s worth, too.

La Fruta Feliz

This East Austin agua fresca and taco joint serves apple soda and Mexican smoothies that are some of the best Austin has to offer.

Veracruz All Natural

In addition to serving some of the best tacos in Austin, Veracruz serves delicious aguas frescas daily at all three locations, including watermelon, mango, and strawberry lime.

Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

Dai Due’s daily menu includes a seasonal agua fresca, which currently incorporates cucumbers and African basil.

Tacodeli

Sorry, Torchy’s: One big point for Tacodeli is that it serves seasonal aguas frescas and horchatas every day. This month's roundup includes a tamarind one.

Taco More

Both locations of the taqueria serves a strong array of aguas frescas, from horchata to tamarindo.

El Chilito

El Chilito serves up a myriad of aguas frescas on a daily basis, perfect for cooling off while lounging outside at any of its three locations.

La Michoacana Meat Market

Besides tacos and meat, the market makes creamy horchata, and other refreshing aguas frescas.

Tamale House East

Tamale House East's Mexican Iced Coffee is made with coffee, horchata, and soy milk.

Mr. Natural

Mr. Natural keeps it healthy with honey-sweetened aguas frescas.

La Condesa

La Condesa features rotating aguas frescas in flavors like hibiscus and pineapple-mint, which the bar will happily spike.