One of my favorite treats is a cold agua fresca. Aguas frescas are traditional Latino refreshments made from fruits, their juices and water. My favorite has always been the horchata flavor – a sweet rice cinnamon flavored drink that pairs perfectly with my favorite Mexican recipes.
When I was growing up in Chicago and spending summers in México we could purchase aguas frescas from so many neighborhood places….and now I enjoy it from my house! I was so excited to find an organic horchata mix at the grocery store! Maria Elena’s Authentic Latino Inc. is a unique company in that it offers a 100% natural and organic line of aquas frescas in some very popular flavors: piña (pineapple), tamarindo (tamarind), jamaica (hibiscus flower) and horchata (rice and cinnamon).
As I have become more conscious of what my family eats and drinks, I am very pleased that this brand has caught on that many Latino consumers care about what they put into their bodies. Founder Jerry Gonzalez wanted to offer consumers Latino products that are traditional yet natural and organic. The tastes were inspired by his mother, María Elena de González, for whom the company is named.
I am also a big fan of Maria Elena's products because the company believes in our youth. It donates a portion of its profits to its foundation for Hispanic Youth, La Fundacion Juventud Maria Elena's. It's always nice to find a company that not only makes a good product, but is giving back to the community.
Getting thirsty? Be one of the first 4 people to let us know what kind of agua fresca is your favorite (in the comments section) and receive a Maria Elena's agua fresca mix!