Fresh juice coolers

These Mexican drinks are easy to make at home
CHARITY FERREIRA

Melon Agua Fresca

Papaya Agua Fresca

Strawberry Agua Fresca

You've probably admired them at your favorite Mexican restaurant: the big glass jars in a bed of crushed ice, filled with pretty, jewel-toned aguas frescas waiting to be ladled into ice-filled glasses.

These lightly sweetened, juicy drinks are quick to make at home, and they're a fun choice for cooling off a party in hot weather. With their combination of fresh seasonal fruit, a hint of tangy lime juice, and plenty of ice, aguas frescas offer sweet summer refreshment.