Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jamaica a popular local drink

We have been experimenting with some of the tasty drinks and refrescos that are available in Nicaragua.  One of our favorites is - Jamaica.  That's where you take this:

and it turns into this:

Ok - the picture doesn't do it justice - but, trust me - this is an easy to make, deliciously refreshing drink.  Here is how I make it...

Put 8 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar into a pan.  Bring it to a boil. When it has come to a boil, take the water off the heat and add 1 cup of Jamaica flowers.  Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the Jamaica flowers from the water.  Add another 4 cups of water along with the juice of two limes. Let cool. When it has cooled strain the drink into a container that can go into the fridge and chill thoroughly.  Serve with plenty of ice.

Purchase the Jamaica flowers in the local grocery store in convenient packages or buy loose dried flowers at the market.