Jamaica Flower Water (Agua De Jamaica)
Recipes Courtesy: Susanna Palazuelos
This scarlet-coloured drink made from the dried calyxes of the Jamaica flower is perfect to serve with antojitos (Mexican appetizers). For a more spirited drink, a light rum can be added to it, or mix it into a sangria or wine punch.
Lightly diuretic, Agua De Jamaica is a favourite drink for dieters who can tolerate it made without sugar. It is acidic, so only store it in a glass or plastic container. The dried Jamaica is available in specialty Mexican markets or can easily be brought back from a vacation trip to Mexico.
Serves: 6 – 8
2 cups (5 oz/155 g) dried Jamaica flowers
10 cups (80 fl oz/2.5 l) water
¾ cup (6 oz/185 g) sugar
- Rinse the flowers briefly to remove any impurities. Drain
- Place the flowers in a saucepan and add 6 cups (48 fl oz/1.5 l) water. Bring the water to boil; reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for 10-20 minutes.
- Strain the water into a pitcher, dilute with 4 cups (32 fl oz/1 l) water and add the sugar.
- Serve well chilled.