What you’re drinking: Aguas frescas are those gorgeous, colorful, often fruit-based refreshments served in any taqueria worthy of the name, usually with a metal ladle out of a big glass jar or from a recirculating beverage dispenser. Jamaica (hibiscus flower) agua fresca is one of the most popular flavors, and Tia’s version is a ruby-red liquid in a double-decker cooler.
Why you’re drinking it: It’s 58 degrees Fahrenheit outside as of this writing, but soon the sun will be out and you’ll be seeking a cool and delicious beverage. Drinking one of these while relaxing in Tia’s garden seating, maybe while waiting for a taco, is the perfect sunny-day break.
What’s in it: Hibiscus flowers — jamaica in Spanish — make for a tart and bright tea with a flavor similar to cranberry juice. It’s also very high in vitamin C. Tia’s version has a slight cinnamon undertone and just enough sweetness from the piña and agave to temper the astringent hibiscus.
Where to get it: Tia’s Big Sky, 1016 W. Broadway St., on the corner of Broadway and Hawthorne.
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