agua fresca


agua fres·​ca ˈä-gwə-ˈfre-skə How to pronounce agua fresca (audio)
plural aguas frescas
: a beverage consisting of water and sugar with fruits, grains, or seeds added for flavoring
For a rancho-style summer barbecue, we make a big glass barrel of agua fresca, and sometimes it's more popular than the beer or wine if the day is particularly hot.Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, California Rancho Cooking, 2001

Word History


borrowed from American Spanish, literally, "fresh water"

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agua fresca was in 1962

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“Agua fresca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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