México has many wonderful beverages to try. Instead of soft drinks try one of the many Aguas Frescas made with fresh fruit pulp, rice, seeds or nuts combined with water. These are thirst quenching and colourful drinks with a hint of sugar. Some of the most popular are Horchata, a traditional rice and almond drink, Agua de Tamarindo made with tamarind pods and Agua de Jamaica made from hibiscus flowers. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste.
Agua de Jamaica is similar in colour and taste to cranberry juice and is packed with vitamins. Double or triple the recipe to make a large pitcher as this is a very popular drink.
Jugo de Jamaica
250 mL (1 cup) Flor de Jamaica (hibiscus flowers)
1 L (4 cups) water
60 mL (1/4 cup) sugar (or to taste)
Rinse flowers under cold running water until the water runs clear. Place flowers in a large pot and add 750 mL (3 cups) water and sugar. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and strain into a large bowl or pitcher; add 250 mL (1 cup) water. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Serve in a large glass over ice cubes.