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5 Latin drinks to cool down in this record heat!

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Agua Fresca

Ingredients: 1 large cantaloupe or half a watermelon (seeded and diced, about 3 cups), 1 1/2 cups water, 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar,2 to 3 limes (juiced)

Directions: This and other similar fruit drinks, which translate literally as "fresh water," are served all over Mexico and they're a cinch to replicate at home. The key is to strain the pulpy fruit to make a clearer liquid. Instead of melon, you could use strawberries, pineapple, or mango -- any fruit that is soft enough to puree. Puree cantaloupe and pour through a fine sieve to eliminate pulp. In a pitcher, mix strained fruit puree with water and season with sugar and lime juice, to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network.