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Refresco de Avena

ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 4 (8-ounce) servings


  • 1/2 cup piloncillo sugar, grated
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 2 ounces old fashioned rolled oats, not instant
  • 1 small lime, peeled, halved, and reserved
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, optional


  • In a large container, dissolve the sugar in the water. Steep the oatmeal, lime peel, and cardamom, if using, in the sugar water for 1 hour. Strain and serve over ice with a squeeze of lime juice.