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Description and Clues for Beverages

#55 La Limonada
#55 La Limonada

The fruits used to make this beverage are high in vitamin C which helps our immune system and heals cuts and scrapes. One fruit is yellow and the other green.


  1. Liquefy 2-4 large lemons or limes including rind and seeds in blender and mix with 7 cups of water to fill a pitcher. 
  2. Strain. 
  3. Add 1/3 cup sugar. 
  4. Serve chilled or with ice.
#56 El Agua (Water)
#56 La Agua

Our bodies consist of 70% of this material. This substance helps us think better, keep us energized, aid in digestion, keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and feel great!

More Information

Water delivered to homes in San Antonio is clean, clear and abundant. It comes from the Edwards Aquifer, a huge ocean of water 800 feet underground beneath layers of rock that protect it from contamination. It is treated with chlorine and fluoride for safety and to build strong teeth. Always keep a pitcher of chilled water in the refrigerator.

#57 La Leche (Milk)
#55 La Leche

This beverage is full of bone-strengthening calcium and vitamin D. Perfect addition to breakfast as it is also a great complete protein source.

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Milk can be used to make many drinks, has calcium to build strong bones, and is healthy and delicious.

#58 El Agua con Limón
#58 El Agua con Limon

Consuming this beverage can aid digestion. Great way to jazz up plain water with little hassle! This small yellow fruit is tart and full of vitamin C.


  1. Cut a whole lemon into thin slices and mix with 2 liters of chilled water.  
  2. Add a few mint leaves from your garden for color and taste. 

Very refreshing!

#59 El Agua con Fresa
#59 El Agua con Fresa

When this fruit is in season (over the spring and summer), what a yummy beverage to make! This fruit is low in sugar, high in fiber and vitamin C. It’s tiny seeds are housed on the outside of the fruit.


  1. Liquefy in blender a pound of strawberries, washed with stems removed, with 1/4 cup of honey.  
  2. Mix with 7 cups of water.  
  3. Serve with cubed or crushed ice.
#60 El Jugo de Piña (Pineapple Juice)
#60 El Jugo de Piña

This fruit contains an enzyme that aids digestion. This fruit spread around the world so thoroughly because they were kept on board ships to ward off scurvy in sailors.


  1. Wash surface of whole pineapple
  2. Peel and core
  3. Cut into chunks
  4. Liquefy in blender
  5. Mix with 6 cups of water

No sugar needed for refreshing drink.


To make tepache, a fermented pineapple drink

  1. Add to 10 cups of water in pot 4 cloves, cinnamon stick, 4 peppercorns, one piloncillo and the pineapple peels (make sure they are washed).
  2. Cover and let sit at room temperature for two or three days.
  3. Strain and serve cold.
#61 El Jugo de Tomate (Tomato Juice)
#61 El Jugo de Tomate

The key component of this beverage can be considered either a fruit or vegetables and full of vitamin C.


  1. Cut into quarters 5 very ripe, mid-size tomatoes
  2. Liquefy in blender with one celery stalk cut into chunks, and 2 cups of water
  3. Strain to remove seeds
  4. Add juice of one lemon 
  5. Add one teaspoon salt
#62 El Agua de Horchata
#62 El Agua de Horchata

Enjoy this beverage as a treat.


  1. Let two cups of white rice sit in 8 cups of water over night.  
  2. Liquefy in blender with one cup evaporated milk, one teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar.  
  3. Strain with clean cloth.  
  4. Serve cold with ice.
#63 El Café (Coffee)
#63 El Café

This beverage is shown to have anti-cancer benefits and is full of antioxidants. Make sure and watch the amount of cream and sugar you add.

Recipe: Cafe con Leche Mexican-style

  1. Heat on cup of milk in microwave or on stove top
  2. Mix in one teaspoon of instant coffee.

A great way to start the day.

#64 El Jugo de Manzana (Apple Juice)
#64 El Jugo de Manzana

The fruit used to make this drink is high in fiber which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. This fruit is round, grows in trees, and comes in green, yellow, and red. 2500 varieties are grown in the United States!

More Information

Unless you live in an orchard, it's easiest and cheapest to buy apple juice in a store.  Apple juice is very sweet as is, so mix half and half with tap water or seltzer water. Always buy 100% juice, not "juice drinks."

#65 El Té con Hielo
#65 El Té con Hielo

Enjoy “sun” tea on a hot summer day to get a dose of antioxidants.


  1. Place a glass pitcher filled with water and two bags of black, green, Yerba Mate or any kind of tea in a sunny spot in your back yard for several hours, or all day for stronger taste.
  2. Keep pitcher chilled in refrigerator for a quick, healthy drink any time.
  3. Serve with ice.
#66 El Agua de Jamaica
#66 El Agua de Jamaica

Herbal infusion that lends a brilliant pink hue.


  1. Simmer covered one cup (tightly packed) of dried Hibiscus flowers (look for them next to the dried chiles in stores) for 20 minutes in 2 cups of water.  
  2. Let cool to room temperature
  3. Strain into pitcher with at least 3 cups of water.
  4. Fill pitcher with water
  5. Mix with 1/2 cup sugar
  6. Add ice
#67 El Licuado de Banana
#67 El Licuado de Banana

This beverage incorporates a tropical fruit, milk, cinnamon and brown sugar. Enjoy as a dessert.


Liquefy in blender two ripe bananas with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 7 cups of milk to make a sweet and creamy desert drink.  To make it even creamier, add one cup “light” vanilla yogurt.


#68 El Té Herbal (Herbal Tea)
#68 El Té Herbal

Caffeine free beverage typically consumed hot. Peppermint or chamomile are commonly used to make this beverage.


Herbals teas are teas without caffeine and include, chamomile, peppermint, orange, and lemon peel, cinnamon and many others.  

To make cinnamon tea at home:

  1. Boil two large cinnamon sticks (located by the dry chiles in stores) in 4 cups water for 15 minutes.  
  2. Serve hot or cold, with or without sweetener.
#69 El Agua de Melón
#69 El Agua de Melón

This fruit grows well in South Texas, and is abundant at roadside fruit stands. The orange color of this fruit means it’s full of vitamin A.


  1. Divide in half a ripe cantaloupe melon
  2. Remove rind and seeds
  3. Slice into chunks
  4. Liquefy in blender
  5. Mix with 6 cups of water
  6. No sugar needed
  7. Serve chilled
#70 El Agua de Tamarindo
#70 El Agua de Tamarindo

The star in this beverage comes from a fruit that looks like a brown pea pod and known for antioxidant qualities.


Tamarindo looks like a large, brown pea pod and can be found loose or packaged near the dried chiles in the produce section.

  1. Remove husks
  2. Simmer in covered pot one half pound of Tamarindo with 3 cups of water for 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool to room temperature
  4. Mash through strainer to separate seeds and strings
  5. Repeat, adding 1 cup of water each time for three more extractions to capture all the pulp.
  6. Mix in pitcher with 3 more cups water and 1/2 cup sugar for a tart and sweet delicacy enjoyed from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. Serve cold.

Conversion Chart

  • 1 gallon = 3.8 liters = 4 quarts = 16 cups = 128 ounces
  • 1 liter = 1 quart = 4 cups = 32 ounces
  • 1 cup = 8 ounces = 1 serving
  • 1 pitcher= 2 liters = 2 quarts = 8 cups = 8 servings (all recipes below yield 1 pitcher of drink)
  • 1 teaspoon = 4 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 12 grams
  • 1 cola soda 12 ounces = 39 grams of sugar = 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cola soda 2 liters = 207 grams of sugar = 41 teaspoon = almost 1 cup of sugar


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