Cool Off with an Agua Fresca at La Fondita
July 24, 2012 | East End Eats
FROM LEFT: Sandia, Horchata, and Jamaica agua frescas at La Fondita
For the largest selection of daily house-made agua frescas in the Hamptons, pull over at La Fondita. Available in five flavors, our favorite is the Horchata, a Mexican classic made with rice, milk, a touch of cinnamon, and almonds. Rice is soaked overnight in warm water with cinnamon sticks and almonds before being blended, strained, and served over ice with a bit of sugar. The result is not at all thick or heavy, but rather light with a silky mouthfeel and nutty flavor.
If it's pure fruit you crave, order the Sandia: fresh watermelon juice served straight up. There's also the Limón, a pure lime drink that’s bound to put a pucker on your lips. Made with re-hydrated hibiscus flowers, the Jamaica possesses a deep red color and a slight tartness that’s offset by a dose of sugar.
Finally, the Tamarindo, a sweet and sour drink that makes for a decidedly clean finish to a taco lunch, is created from boiled tamarind fruit. Don't forget to pick up a dozen Mexican wedding cookies on the way out. At 35 cents each, they may just be the best dessert deal in town. 74 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-8800
—KATHY YL CHAN