R&R Deli in Jessup are the drink that Slurpees wish that they could be.
Imagine a drink slightly thinner than a smoothie, but made from real fruit. The watermelon agua fresca literally tastes like you're sucking the middle of a melon up through your straw. Part liquid, part crushed ice. It's perfect for summer heat -- the cold shock of ice with the flavor of fruit, not artificial syrup.
R&R Deli continues to surprise me. This is the takeout inside the Shell station at Rte 175 and U.S. 1, and they're turning out delicious food that offers up fresh, fresh ingredients. I'd put their tacos up against almost any other food in Howard County. When I was last there, they would blend agua fresca with strawberries, melon, watermelon and something else -- maybe guava.
This is Cold Drink Week. You want something cool, but you want something better than another soda. The Cold Drink Week posts offer house-made refreshment -- places that make their own drinks and let your carry them out.