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Where to Find Refreshing Aguas Frescas in Austin

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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.

The list below isn’t ranked, but is your favorite agua fresca missing? Let Eater know on the tipline, within the comments at the bottom, or go ahead and start up a discussion over in the forums.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. JuiceLand

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2828 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 494-6905
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Juice hippies can get all sorts of inventive aguas frescas at any of JuiceLand's locations, including cacao durian.

2. La Fruta Feliz

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3124 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 961-5013
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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.

3. Veracruz All Natural

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1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760
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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.

4. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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Dai Due’s daily menu includes a seasonal agua fresca, which currently incorporates cucumbers and African basil.

5. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe

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2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 480-9562
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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.

6. Tacodeli

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 419-1900
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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.

7. El Chilito

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2219 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 382-3797
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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.

8. La Michoacana Meat Market

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1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
Besides tacos and meat, the market makes creamy horchata, and other refreshing aguas frescas.

9. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
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Tamale House East's Mexican Iced Coffee is made with coffee, horchata, and soy milk.

10. Mr. Natural

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1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-5228
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Mr. Natural keeps it healthy with honey-sweetened aguas frescas.

11. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 428-5077
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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.

12. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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La Condesa features rotating aguas frescas in flavors like hibiscus and pineapple-mint, which the bar will happily spike.

13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

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2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5446
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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.

14. Maria's Taco Xpress

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2529 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0261
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The South Austin institution's melon agua fresca recipe was once featured in Southern Living and draws rave reviews.

15. Taco More

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9400 Parkfield Dr
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 821-1561
Both locations of the taqueria serves a strong array of aguas frescas, from horchata to tamarindo.

1. JuiceLand

2828 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705
Juice hippies can get all sorts of inventive aguas frescas at any of JuiceLand's locations, including cacao durian.
2828 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705

2. La Fruta Feliz

3124 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723
This East Austin agua fresca and taco joint serves apple soda and Mexican smoothies that are some of the best Austin has to offer.
3124 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

3. Veracruz All Natural

1704 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
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.
1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702

4. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Dai Due’s daily menu includes a seasonal agua fresca, which currently incorporates cucumbers and African basil.
2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

5. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe

2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
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.
2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Tacodeli

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
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.
4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

7. El Chilito

2219 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
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.
2219 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

8. La Michoacana Meat Market

1917 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Besides tacos and meat, the market makes creamy horchata, and other refreshing aguas frescas.
1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Tamale House East's Mexican Iced Coffee is made with coffee, horchata, and soy milk.
1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Mr. Natural

1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Mr. Natural keeps it healthy with honey-sweetened aguas frescas.
1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
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.
915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

12. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
La Condesa features rotating aguas frescas in flavors like hibiscus and pineapple-mint, which the bar will happily spike.
400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
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.
2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

14. Maria's Taco Xpress

2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The South Austin institution's melon agua fresca recipe was once featured in Southern Living and draws rave reviews.
2529 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Taco More

9400 Parkfield Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Both locations of the taqueria serves a strong array of aguas frescas, from horchata to tamarindo.
9400 Parkfield Dr
Austin, TX 78758

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