|Agua Fresca at Xitomate|
Agua frescas are a Mexican drink made with fruit juice often made by a kitchen that just blends fruit, water and ice. They can be as standard as watermelon or as exotic as tamarind or tropical fruit mixtures, and they range from a lemonade consistency to a thin smoothie. But in their many forms, they have become one of my favorite parts of Mexican dinners. It's like a custom cocktail when I don't want alcohol.
My local spots for agua frescas are R&R Taqueria in Jessup and Xitomate in Columbia. I highlighted R&R's during Cold Drink Week in 2011, but I'm craving a mid-winter warmup at Xitomate where I could settle in with some hearty food and a fruit drink. I don't even remember what flavor agua fresca we got at Xitomate, but it's calling me back.