Cooking with Culture: Beat the Summer Heat

Air conditioners are set to “on”, the snowbirds are leaving, and everyone is wearing sandals- all signs point to summer in the Valley of the Sun. But don’t dread the heat! Instead, it can be the perfect excuse to stay cool with some traditional Mexican treats:


Paletas are Mexican-style popsicles that come in a ton of creative flavors like these Pineapple-Chile Paletas or try a Columbian version with Paletas de Mango. If you don’t feel like making your own, stop by Paletas Betty, a family owned paleteria just down the street from Xico in downtown Chandler.


Horchata is a drink made out of pureed rice and cinnamon. You can make your own version of this creamy delight at home.

Aguas Frescas

Aguas Frescas are the yummy, colorful drinks sold at Mexican restaurants, Food City, and Ranch Market. They can also be made at home with fresh fruit and club soda. You can find a recipe for Melon Agua Fresca here, or follow their suggestions for many other flavors. For an adult version, swap some of the water for your favorite liquor.