All photos related to this articles by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

All photos related to this articles by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

Anyone who has survived a summer in Texas will tell you the heat has heft. It pushes back when you try to move through it, squeezes sweat from pores you didn’t know you had and leaves your mouth so dry you could strike a match on your tongue.

For relief, natives and pretenders (talking about you, Brooklyn transplants in your boots and bolo ties) reach for an ice-cold Topo Chico, a Mexican sparkling water with an effervescence as aggressive as the summer heat is oppressive.

This super bubbly agua mineral, in retro green-tinted glass bottles, has developed a fervent following here in Texas. Devotees stock entire refrigerators with the stuff and tattoo themselves with the brand’s logo, an Aztec princess who legend has it was healed by drinking the water, which emanates from an inactive volcano in Monterrey.

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