We’re seeing quite a few products being sweetened with Stevia these days. One interesting combination is Agua Con Flavored Water, which not only uses this natural sweetener, but also features tastes that are targeted at the Latino market: Horchata, Lima y Limon (Lemon Lime), Guayava (Guava), and Pina y Coco (Pineapple & Coconut).
In English, Agua Con translates to “Water with me.” The avoidance of sugar or high fructose corn syrup in the drink line is intentional, as the targeted audience is one of the highest dying from diabetes. By using Stevia, the hope is to reach this audience with a healthier alternative.
The Agua Con line up consists of 4 flavors, each packaged in a plastic 16 oz bottle. Each of the waters are clear with no additional coloring, and they also feature no preservatives or sodium.
We start off with Agua Con Horchata, which features a unique cinnamon and vanilla scent, much like its namesake. The flavor was surprising, as it actually did taste like a flavored water version of horchata, even down to that rice water mouthfeel. More importantly, the use of the stevia sweetener wasn’t as noticeable as expected. So far, thumbs up!
Jumping into the citrus realm of Agua Con Lima y Limon, I really liked the scent of this flavor. It’s probably more lime than lemon, and that’s a good thing. The taste is refreshing, with cool water dominating your palette, but just a nice hint of lemon/lime adding a great compliment. The aftertaste was a bit “cardboardy,” if that makes sense, but on the whole, not bad.
How about Agua Con Guayava, which is the guava flavor. This one has quite the fruity scent. This is a light flavor with a floral, fruit punch-like flavor. Not my favorite, as it reminds me more of a body spray than a drink.
We wrap things up with Agua Con Pina y Coco. There’s a strong coconut scent when you open the bottle, but the first flavor taste is probably the pineapple. The creamy smoothness of the coconut is wrapped up in the aftertaste, and again, the use of a zero-calorie sweetener isn’t too bad in this combination.
Overall, Agua Con flavored water surprised me… and that’s a good thing. I didn’t expect a Stevia-sweetened water to be that tasty, but the Latino-inspired flavors really make it work. Right now, distribution is limited to the West Coast, but if you can get your hands on some of this stuff, it’s well worth it.
Agua Con Flavored Water (All Flavors)
Filtered water, natural flavors, ascorbic acid, stevia
A 16 oz bottle contains 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, and 0 g carbs (0 g sugars)
Official Website: AguasCon.com
Full Disclosure: These beverages were provided compliments of Agua Con LLC